The family reads the Hugo novel aloud to him while they travel together, and apparently they all come to realize how much their lives are like great literature.
It's part of the magic Lelouch has worked that his story-of-all-stories theme matches the catch-all inclusiveness of his old-fashioned celluloid showmanship.
Aspectacular-looking film with those great settings and costumes that are a hallmark of French period films.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
If it were shorter, we wouldn't know what misery really feels like.
Exasperatingly overstuffed, the movie finally proves disarming (to a point) on spectacle alone.
| Original Score: 3/4
Lelouch overworks this narrative scheme terribly: By reiterating his point and leaving nothing to our imagination, his cross-referencing shtick turns dull and belabored.
| Original Score: 2/4
The film is a wealth of incident: boxing matches, prison escapes, overland chases, a train robbery, high society, low crimes.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Imperfect, but beguiling.
Whether Hugo's, Lelouch's, or both, you will rarely find a more powerful, cathartic, and ultimately satisfying narrative to immerse yourself in.
| Original Score: 4/4