This made my list of favorite movies. It is a fairy tale in the style of the brothers Grimm, dark, dangerous and with no guarantee of a happy ending, but the narrator says so at the start and he isn't kidding. The books are just as dark, but the movie is far better, accurately extracting the most interesting stuff, mostly from the first three books in the series. I found the rest of the books gimmicky, repetitive and a slog to get through, which is possibly why a sequel was talked about but never made. The cast is fantastic, as are the story adaptation, sets, costumes, special effects, etc. The characters Violet and Klaus are brave, smart, resourceful, independent and loving with their very unusual baby sister, which might provide a good example for young teens without being preachy or cloying, There is plenty of subtle humor for adults, as well.