A curious choice for director Martin Scorsese, a 3D
children's movie set mostly inside a Parisian train station where a young homeless boy scuttles behind clock faces and along the gangways to remain unseen, forming a friendship with a young
girl and trying to get his father's timepiece back from a grumpy watchmaker.
Whilst the film is visually amazing and a genuine work of
cinematic craft, it takes a long time to get where it's going and ends up becoming a tribute to early filmmaker and photographic effects pioneer Georgés Melies.
Supposedly based on a children's book, the content seems a
little too adult for youngsters who will hardly care who Melies was and what he did for the advancement of cinema. In fact, most adults will barely care and it's not as though they'll seek
out a copy of "La Voyage Dan La Lune" or any of Melies' other works after watching.
Still, it's a very beautifully made film and captures the
essence of early filmmaking as well as encapsulating the feel of a movie which the entire family will snuggle up to watch around Christmastime.
It's nowhere near the best work which Scorsese has brought
to screen and the fact that this won 5 Oscars seemed incredibly generous.
Very well made, but certainly more appreciated by critics
rather than audiences, proved by a disappointing return on box office receipts.