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Has anyone actually seen this movie?
I just got back from it.
It is being touted as the best use of 3D ever.
I was lucky enough when I lived in California to be able to attend the SabuCat 3-D festivals in 2003 and 2006, and in 2006 I bought the $300 pass and saw virtually everything they showed over the two weeks or so.
Hugo is probably the most beautiful 3-D film I have ever seen- as good as House of Wax or It Came From Outer Space or the little 3-D film they showed at Marineland or the B&W shorts from England around the time of Elizabeth's coronation, or, more recently, Coraline or How to Train Your Dragon. Scorcese knows when to let things recede into the frame, and when to let things push out- primarily in tight closeups, especially Sasha Baron Cohen's closeups, and in footage from the recreations of the old films, with swords and spears coming out at you, and a runaway train, and snow and fireworks and smoke.
It's a film shot with the two cameras. It just looks right, and the film is, as lordcloud says, a love letter to film, and film preservation, and to Michael Powell, who Scorcese helped the world rediscover much in the way things turn out in Hugo (and whose wife Thelma Schoonmaker is Scorcese's long-time editor). The film itself is emotional and lovely and an instant classic, 3-D or flat.
You could wait on it on Blu-Ray, but home 3-D is arguably not yet ready for prime time. I for one intend to see it again in the theater, and soon.