Marshall Fine: Movie Review: Hugo

Three cheers for Martin Scorsese, who has not only made Hugo one of the most lovingly fanciful and heartfelt films of the year -- he has also pulled off the subversive trick of introducing a new generation of kids to the magic of silent movies.

And, to boot, he's implanted potentially millions of little minds with the seeds of consciousness about film preservation, one of his pet causes. Yet he does it all within the context of a family-oriented movie for kids -- in 3D, no less.

Having never read Brian Selznick's children's book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, I had a hard time imagining why Scorsese -- whose list of potential future projects would take him three lifetimes to complete -- would take the time, energy and imagination necessary to make a movie for kids. And in 3D, no less. But Hugo eventually reveals itself as an obvious choice for this ultimate film lover/historian.

The title character is Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield), a pale-eyed kid who lives in an apartment secreted in the walls of the depot, circa 1931. His job is to keep all of the various clocks in the station wound and keeping accurate time. But he must maintain a secret existence from the officious and silly station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen), who tosses unclaimed children into the local orphanage. Read More...


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