Hugo is a sheer delight! It is visually rich, the acting is good, and you get an interesting dose of film history. The lyrical NYT review expands on these themes.
Even Sasha Baron Cohen, whose Borat is probably my least favorite movie of the last decade, adds excellence to the film as the evil (in an officious, bureaucratic sort of way) station inspector.
This is the best movie for kids I have seen in many a year (though, of course, until we had one, a kid that is, I hadn't been to many in a few decades either). Our kid, at 4.4 years, fidgeted only a little in over two hours.
Who was my favorite student this term?
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