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Movie Review: Hugo

Set in 1930s Paris, the new Martin Scorsese film is a sophisticatedkid’s movie about an orphan obsessed with repairing an automaton leftbehind by his father.

Genre: Adventure/Drama

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Lee

****½

Set in 1930s Paris, the new Martin Scorsese film is a sophisticated kid’s movie about an orphan obsessed with repairing an automaton left behind by his father.

His fixation leads him to forgotten film pioneer Georges Méliès and a new life.

Hugo is the Scorsese’s homage not only to the filmmakers who shaped his youth but to the art form itself.

There is a sense of wonder imprinted on every frame. Add to that star Asa Butterfield’s face, reminiscent of the moon faced children of early cinema, the dulcet tones of Christopher Lee, 3D that enhances not overwhelms, and you have a movie about the magic of film with plenty of its own magic.