Hugo


I must say, sentimental family movies about precocious children and “broken” adults teaching each other life lessons are one of my least favourite genres.

But leave it to Martin Scorsese to make one that almost entirely won me over, thanks to dazzling 3D cinematography, magnificent art direction recreating 1930s Paris and all-around great performances (Asa Butterfield, Chloë Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, among others).

Some of this adaptation of Brian Selznick’s 2007 illustrated novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” remains too corny for my taste and there may be too many pratfall-heavy chases, but there are four or five absolutely brilliant sequences about the magic of early cinema, particularly that of George Méliès, which make it a must-see nonetheless.