Aroview: A state-of-the-art fantasy and homage to the origins of film and one of its earlier innovators, George Méliès (Kingsley), whose long-forgotten creations are rescued by an orphan boy hiding in a Paris railway station.
Dir. Martin Scorsese gets a chance to indulge himself as a cinephile and preservationist, though in the process loses some of the essense of Brian Selznick's strikingly innovative children's novella, though it's adorned with the finest imagery that money and technology can muster and is loaded with old world Parisian charm. The pleasures to be had may be tied to level of expectation, but overall, it's a story of two halves that will equally intrigue young and old in unpredictable ways.
Average rating (Very Good). Showing 1-3 of 3 member reviews.
5 stars (Exceptional) Hugo is unashamedly old-fashioned, and a rare treasure. A children’s film this may be, but it is The Godfather of children’s films; a perfectly crafted masterpiece steeped in rarefied class and unmatched beauty. In a word, magic.~Wizzums
4 stars (Very Good) Dreamy and fairy tale-like, in the most old fashioned way. Wonderfully cast and set in a universe I always enjoy returning to. And I love the score and set design. Poignant love letter to Melies. My partner didn't like it, but she's wrong.~Pop&Coffee