It takes a while to get started-- the first half hour or so is a lot of long pans that seem to serve
no purpose other than to show off the (very beautiful) 3D. It's pretty, but it's nothing to write home about. The pacing of these early scenes is also a little awkward, particularly in Chloe Grace Moretz's scenes, as she is somewhat stiff in her role (uncomfortable with the accent maybe?). Once the plot kicks in, though, the movie becomes magic. And rightfully so, since it's about movie magic. The amount of love poured into these scenes devoted to the earliest films is touching without being overly sentimental. All of the characters are likable, but Papa George and his wife are particularly lovable. You can't watch the movie without rooting for them.
I've been thinking a lot about the pacing of the film since watching it, and I understand *why* it was slower in the beginning (as an homage to those old films), so I can forgive them the pacing issues.
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