Acclaimed director Martin Scorsese brings Brian Selznick's illustrated novel wondrously to the screen in a sublime gesture of cinematic wish fulfilment that celebrates a lost, golden era of cinema even as the director embraces the fantastical possibilities of modern technologies.
When young Hugo Cabret, an inventive, orphaned boy who secretly maintains the clocks in a Paris railway station, seeks to find the key that will animate an automaton that is his only remaining link to his dead father, the twelve year old unlocks an even deeper mystery steeped in the very origins of cinema.
Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield are outstandingly good in the roles of Georges Melies and Hugo, with fine support from Sacha Baron Cohen as a wounded war veteran gendarme, Inspector Gustav, with a mysterious childhood secret of his own.
"A marvel. Hugo is a wondrous visual spectacle" The Sunday Age
"A masterpiece" Time