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Charming, beautiful film
on 2 July 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed this film - it's a visual feast for the eyes (especially in 3D), and the storyline is well-crafted and engendered a real sense of empathy for all of the characters (even the villain of the piece, the station inspector). Asa Butterfield is excellent as Hugo Cabret, and Ben Kingsley must have had a whale of a time playing Georges Melies - fantastic to watch, too. Helen McCrory, as Mama Jeanne, brought some real warmth to her role. And Sacha Baron Cohen managed to put aside his somewhat-acquired-taste characters of Borat et al, and played the part of the evil (initially) station inspector very well indeed. Also look out for nice little cameo appearances from Christopher Lee, Frances de la Tour and Richard Griffiths, amongst others - even Martin Scorcese appears briefly (as a photographer). The mechanical man is also a star - very well executed, and you also start feeling sympathy for him as well, which is really strange; I think it just shows how good Scorcese is at his art.
And, last but not least, it highlights the amazing work of Georges Melies, who will be unknown to many people before viewing this film. As a follow-up action I'd recommend watching the excellent Melies The Magician  [DVD] [NTSC] as this gives an excellent insight into his career. Wonderful!