This beautifully crafted film is for viewers who value character-driven plot and gorgeous visual
effects over the usual quick-cut editing and over-emphasis on pyrotechnics. The 3-D was luscious. This is a movie that simply has to be seen in 3-D; it is well worth the additional price. More than the technical genius behind this film, it is well written, and the marvelous cast bring it to life with unusual panache. Ben Kingsley is the focus of the film; his Georges' terrible loss is what Hugo was "invented" to correct, rather like the snow child coming to life in a Russian fairy tale. Therefore, although a children's story, the film speaks powerfully to adults as well and seeks to bridge the chasm between them. Sacha Baron Cohen plays, quite well, more of a comic relief character, but even there, the Station Inspector has more depth than one suspects at first. The dream sequences reminded me a bit of the much darker Bergman film, Fanny and Alexander, which is also great but not for kids.
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