Most of this silent film dwells on the male leads struggles with alcoholism and bankruptcy. The rise of his prodigy is a rising actress who is featured throughout the movie. If nothing else this movie takes us back to a time when you had to pay attention at the movies. You had to read one’s expressions and look at the details to know what is to happen next.
Hugo feels like it is a film about magic instead of being a magical film. Either way you wont be seeing any movies about weddings gone wrong or bachelor parties or remakes of superheroes or anything that you have seen lately. Both films are refreshing and new.