If you've ever heard Martin Scorsese speak you know he loves movies. Sure, one would assume most film directors love movies, but that guy really loves movies. He's known for his passion for the classics and his Herculean efforts towards film restoration. And knowing all that you can't help but appreciate this love letter to the earliest years of film. Although at times it's difficult.
Hugo Cabret is an orphan living in a train station in Paris who stumbles upon a mystery when he happens upon a robot and crosses paths with a few strangers in this family adventure film. The problem with this film is it takes way too long to get to the heart of the story, or at least my opinion as to what the heart of story is. There's too much time focused on Hugo and all of the peripheral characters, none of which I found myself caring about. Nevertheless, Scorsese is a master filmmaker, so the shots are admirable, the visuals are a treat, and his first use of 3D is a success. And Sir Ben Kingsley is always a pleasure to watch. And of course, as a film buff, I totally appreciate the homage to early film. So I'm willing to forgive this one it's faults. I just wish we could get Scorsese and longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker to head back to the editing room.