Martin Scorsese might seem one of the least likely directors for a PG-rated children's adventure film, but his Hugo is delightful. The title character, 12 year-old Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) lives inside the walls of a Paris train station and looks after the clocks (don't ask, it would take too long). The one memento he has from his late father (Jude Law in flashbacks) is a strange device called an automaton, which the mechanically-talented Hugo wants to restore to working order. His new friend Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz) may be able to help him, but the answer to many mysteries may rest with Isabelle's godfather and adoptive parent, cinema pioneer Georges Melies (Ben Kingsley). Scorsese does a splendid job spinning a tale that is part fantasy, part coming-of-age story, while his technical crew did a magnificent job as the film snagged five Oscars in categories like Art Direction and Visual Effects. Kingsley and Law are joined in the cast by some other fairly big names, like Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer and Christopher Lee. However, it's the young performers who center-stage in this one, and Butterfield and Moretz are both very winning. Highly recommended.
"May the hinges of friendship never rust, nor the wings of love lose a feather"--Scottish blessing