Okay, there's this kid who lives in the walls of a big train station in Paris in the 1920's (or it night be 1930's). And there's this old guy who keeps a toy shop in the train station. That's how the movies Hugo starts, but really, it's not what the movie is about. I knew this movie was made from a heavily-illustrated kid's book called The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, but what I didn't understand until I saw it, was why Martin Scorsese would want to direct a movie made from that book.
The reason (I think) is because this is a movie about movies, about why people make them and why people go to them. What director wouldn't want to make that movie?
But it's a lovely story, beautifully told, and it would be especially nice to see with kids, because it's also about families and why we all need them.