November 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

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The one word I would use to describe this film is “lovely.”  It was, from start to finish, a sweet, optimistic and innocent film.  All of this from Martin Scorsese; who’d have thought?  Every image was so lavish, every set so imaginative that that was worth the price of admission alone.  It’s a great addition to the sub-genre known as steam-punk.  Despite that, the story is far less fantastical than the previews made it appear.  The film also had a real sense of humor, provided almost exclusively by Sasha Baron Cohen.  I’m not sure that the 3D was necessary for most of the film but it did make 2 or 3 scenes really beautiful.  Some of the tension and chase scenes may rule it out for very young kids but, otherwise, it is pure escapism for everyone.


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