Release Date: Wednesday, November 23 2011 Stars:
Asa Butterfield , Chloe Moretz , Christopher Lee , Sacha Baron Cohen , Jude Law , Emily Mortimer , Helen McCrory , Ben Kingsley , Ray Winstone
Genre(s): Adventure, Drama, Family
Saw it with the boy this morning and absolutely loved it. Very magical experience. Just a little bit of comedy, a little bit of adventure, a little bit of mystery, and a whole cast of beautifully intertwined characters. It was really fascinating to see how special effects were done even 100 years ago. We look at 'em now and think about how hokey they are, but there was so much time and effort put in to pull off "movie magic" just like today. Really, only the technology has changed.
the depth of story intertwined with film history was just incredible, especially given the source material. I thought it was a brilliant adaptation of a book that essentially leads you to draw your own conclusions, and the way Scorsese framed it was incredibly perfect given his life experience and profession. And the SFX were so well-placed and read (to me anyway) like an homage to the real Georges Mèliés.
Bottom line, this was the second-best movie I saw this year, The Artist being the best.
And of course, Ben Kingsley was just as amazing as usual.
You know that part right before they brought the automaton to life and the girl thought it looked sad? Did anyone else think it seemed to be smiling when it was "alive?" It seemed that way to me. I don't know if the movie makers actually did make an "alive" face and a "dead" face. I don't think so. I guess that's special effects for you.