I don't know exactly. I wanted to like it.
There were a lot of elements I did like - it looks fantastic -- all those theatrical sets; the juxtaposition of the ashen background and the pastel colours. The kids were pretty good, some of their delivery felt a bit stilted and flat at times - Sunny got the best lines. I liked the cherry blossom trees and that moment of transition with the bluebird flying towards Olaf's creepy house. The way Snicket would just dander on screen was a clever way to incorporate the narrator but Warburton's dead-pan, monotone delivery left me so lethargic I was in danger of dozing off. Overall I found the pacing ponderous. Joan Cusack is always a delight; Harris didn't really work for me -- too pantomime. Although I do realise his character is supposed to be a bad actor. The dinner scene, and especially that song, felt interminably long. Instead of being darkly Grimm that moment involving Klaus felt unnecessarily nasty. I thought it would be better with Sonnenfeld's involvement. I simply didn't enjoy it enough to watch more.