We rented Hugo tonight. This Martin Scorsese directed, best-picture nominated film is based on the children's book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick, and is likely Scorsese's best work.
It's an absolutely fabulous film, rated PG and appropriate for the whole family. Hugo is an orphaned boy who lives in the wall of a Paris train station (probably in the 1930's) and, unbeknownst to anyone, maintains the many clocks. He's gifted with imagination and mechanical genius, but finds himself lost and alone in the world.
He befriends a girl who frequents the station where her grandfather owns a toy stand. Over the course of their adventures, the pair discovers that her Papa George has some mysterious secrets of his own.
It's incredibly shot and well cast with humor and real emotion throughout. It also serves as a valuable lesson in early filmmaking incorporating real history into the fictional story.
Just a fantastic movie about finding one's place in the world and discovering the joy of being loved.