DVD: Hugo


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The Independent Culture

At first, Martin Scorsese might seem an unlikely choice of director for a big-budget sentimental family film. And at first, he is.

For at least an hour, this tale of an orphaned clockmaker's son is technically marvellous, ostentatiously cinematic and all those other things kids don't care about. Then the silent-film pioneer Georges Méliès enters the drama and we see that Scorsese has known of cinema's power to captivate audiences all along.