If you've never read Brian Selznick's award-winning children’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret
, hearing the news that Martin Scorsese was going to adapt the family-friendly classic probably sounded like a terrible mistake or a bad joke -- nobody expects the man responsible for Goodfellas
, The Departed
, and Taxi Driver
to churn out the kind of movie that we associate with fast-food tie-ins. But for those who were familiar with Selznick's wondrous celebration of cinema's early days, that announcement couldn't have been more natural or expected. Thankfully, the movie delivers on its promise.
The film stars Asa Butterfield, a young ac...