Martin Scorsese's beautiful love letter to the lost days of early cinema is a lovingly made 3D movie that, despite the misleading advertisements, is NOT some live-action kids' movie (ala "Tin Tin" or "Polar Express"). It has children in it, but it is a sophisticated, heartfelt tribute to the works of silent movie pioneer George Melies ("A Voyage to the Moon") and the lost art of automatons (clockwork dolls that were very popular from the late 1700s through the early 20th century).

The 3D effect gives a little more depth and shading, but I suspect the movie would do just fine without it. The actors (Chloe Moretz, Asa Butterfield, Sir Ben Kingsley and Sasha Cohen, among others) really bring this beautifully-realized story to life more than any 3D effect. The vistas of early 1900s Paris are borderline surreal; with moments of concrete reality and dreamlike wonder.

A 180 degree departure for Scorsese that very much hits the mark! The Oscar race just got a LOT tougher for me...