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Even its look, developed by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and production designer Rick Heinrichs, is hugely stylised and based on the sleek gothic textures that they contrived for the film this most resembles: Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow (1999).
The film's bookish structure makes it a kind of Royal Tenenbaums for kids.
Violet and Klaus Baudelaire (Emily Browning and Liam Aiken), and their kid sister Sonny (played by twins Kara and Shelby Hoffman), are packed off by their well-meaning guardian (Timothy Spall) to the creepy mansion of their uncle, Count Olaf (Jim Carrey).
He promptly sets them to work in the scullery, getting them to sweat over filthy dishes, and to trudge about catering to his languid desires.
Liam Aiken, as bookish boy-hero Klaus, looks like a younger version of John Cusack, while Emily Browning has the bee-stung lips of Scarlett Johansson and the dark hippy-chic of Winona Ryder.
Billy Connolly turns in a gentle performance as a snake-loving scientist and auto-harpist, who for a while looks as if he may be able to offer the Baudelaires a safe haven from Olaf.