'Hugo' very well crafted, but falls short of magical
Now showing at Rave, Quality 16, Showcase Review by Jeff Meyers of the Metro Times
Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Brian Selznick’s gorgeously illustrated novel "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" is more for film-lovers than filmgoers. That’s less of a compliment than you might think.
From its magically executed opening, a dazzling 3-D shot that descends from the heavens, races along the Parisian railways, careens through the hustle and bustle of a Paris train station, glimpses characters we will learn more about later, and finally comes to rest on Hugo, the boy who peers out from behind the facade of a clock, Scorsese makes it clear that this is a film in love with the mechanics of filmmaking. It’s also an unintended hint of what’s to come: an attentively crafted reminiscence of wonderment remembered, rather than wonderment experienced.
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