Bottom Line: Director Martin Scorsese, auteur of seedy, brooding, blood-soaked cinema, switches gears (tremendously) and brings us an enthralling and magical story of a boy trying to find his lot in life. It runs a little long for younger children (not sure my 6- and 4-year old boys would fully appreciate it) and what it lacks in fluid, first half pacing is fully made up for in its energetically engaging second act and Oscar-worthy visuals, art direction and costumes. HUGO may not be boss at the box office this weekend but it’s a film that both older children and adults can fully appreciate.
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law, Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield
Directed by: Martin Scorsese (RAGING BULL, GOODFELLAS, CASINO, THE DEPARTED, CAPE FEAR, etc…)
Running time: 127 minutes
Story: Based on Brian Selznick's captivating and imaginative New York Times bestseller "The Invention of Hugo Cabret." Hugo Cabret, Scorsese's first film shot in 3D, tells the tale of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When Hugo encounters a broken machine, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy. (Sony Pictures)