Start with a Dickensian children's tale. Add a mysterious, artistic, almost human automaton. Then blend it with a dose of humor, a dash of budding love and a heaping of historical cinematic gushing, and you have "Hugo." The fanciful tale about a young boy, Hugo (Asa Butterworth), who lives in the Paris train station in the early 1930s and befriends a forgotten filmmaker (Georges Melies played by Ben Kingsley) was made by a filmmaker that no one forgets: Martin Scorsese. The gritty director would not seem an ideal person to make what is considered a family film, but the film is receiving award acknowledgement, and Scorsese's love of historical film may have even created a revival of sorts.
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