Hugo (Asa Butterfield) is a young boy living in a Parisian train station, abandoned by his uncle (Ray Winstone), the guardian who takes him in after the death of his beloved father (Jude Law). The boy, schooled in the science of clock maintenance, has an automaton with missing parts and the belief that if he is somehow able to fix it, he will receive a message from his father.
That is the mystery driving this marvelous 3-D adventure, which feels like Scorsese has pulled off a magic trick all his own. He has shrunk us all down and placed us in a carefully designed Parisian snow globe and gently shaken it up for us. The snowflakes and the characters, from the ever-vigilant Station Inspector (Sasha Baron Cohen) eager to snatch up orphans to the waif-like flower peddler (Emily Mortimer) who has captured the Inspector’s wandering attention, and a thousand other details spring to life in ways that, unfortunately, will seem corny to this jaded digital generation. But for a precious few, Hugo will be a secret treasure, a message from the past able to set their hearts free. Grade: A
Opens Nov. 23. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.