Review: Hugo

09 Feb 12

Like a rich dessert.

At the start of this film the viewer may well feel an extreme sense of excitement at the layer upon layer of complex imagery. It is fabulous and almost overwhelming.
But after half an hour of it one is desperate for a good plot and great acting, and in these two areas this film is sadly lacking. Surely a director of Scorceses stature must have noticed how wooden his actors were and how dull the storyline was. If this was his homage to film a quick look at a vintage Preston Sturges movie would have reinforced that a great script and superb acting far outweigh the most complex special effects. If you see it do the 3D but don't expect more than a very sweet confection.