This is a fuzzy fantasy-comedy in which the figures come to life, but the movie doesn’t.
Director Ridley Scott has always been a visual stylist, and he outdoes himself in that regard with the astonishing computer-generated visual effects of this arresting, immensely-scaled spectacle.
Although the subject matter has import and gravitas, much of the donning-Nazi-costumes and narrow-escape footage registers as much less than convincing, sometimes presenting a level of broadness that recalls “Hogan’s Heroes.”
This epic adventure may or may not launch a franchise, but it does stand alone as a generous helping of sci-fi food for thought.
The iconic character is back as the high-quality, high-profile franchise kicks off the summer movie season in high style.
Sorry, Sacha Baron Cohen fans, but “The Dictator” is more Bruno than Borat.
Yep, director Martin Scorsese, for so long associated with dark crime dramas, delivers an ingenious and enchanting adventure about the early days of the movies. Not only is ‘Hugo’, ostensibly a kidflick, visually mesmerizing, it’s also an enthralling and moving tribute to film artists of an earlier era who worked in a kind of obscurity that modern major moviemakers like Scorsese have long since left behind.