Scorcese's Hugo movie is a delight

January 03, 2012|By Dave Rosenthal

I got a chance yesterday to see Martin Scorcese's movie "Hugo," a delightful story based around the life of movie pioneer Georges Méliès. It was part of my New Year's resolution to see more literary adaptations, and I couldn't have picked a better place to start.

The movie is based on Brian Selznick's Caldecott medal-winner "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," which weaves together the tales of Méliès and an orphaned boy who lives in a Paris train station. It has a fantasy-like feel, as the little boy traipses around early 20th Century Paris and learns about the men who made magic on the big screen.

The movie was touching and charming -- and also taught me a lot about the dawn of cinema, which obviously is a topic close to Scorcese's heart. Folks may remember  "A Trip to the Moon," by Méliès, one of the first people to experiment with special effects. If you're a student of movie history, you'll get even more out of it. And if you can find the 3D version, check it out, but don't pass up the 2D version, which I saw.  

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