No. of Recommendations: 5
Just caught it over the weekend.

The first thought I had after the movie was over was "what a breath of fresh air it is to see an all around well made movie". No Baysplosions, no T&A or foul language, and yet I don't feel like I was ripped off. Funny that. I was able to watch it with my 4, 7, and 10 yo daughters and it even kept them interested (though to varying degrees). My second thought was that this was a flat out love letter to the movie pioneers in general (and I believe I've seen interviews that state as much).

The cast was excellent all around. Ben Kingsley, awesome as always. Uncle Vernon (Richard Griffiths) will always be Uncle Vernon to me so meh. And it was nice to see Sacha Baron Cohen acting in a role other than a lemur. Although, to be fair, I thought he missed his big scene. He was close, but it amounted more to backstory than a truly moving moment. Shame that. Most important though, the kid, Asa Butterfield, nailed imo. I would say I have high expecations for him, but so many child actors fail or burn out, so I'll simply say I have high hopes.

Anyways, I loved it. Thank you Mr. Scorsese for belief that good movies can still be made (A bit melodramatic, but you get the point. It was a good film!).

-spookysquid, dreading whatever movie I see that has to follow in its footsteps
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