How could anyone possibly say that the acting in Hugo was bad??? (I’m looking at YOU IMDB message boards). Hugo was a lot like Lincoln in the sense that both casts were packed with great character actors, all of whom seemed to be giving their whole hearts to the project.
Look at Helen McCrory’s face. The way she goes from polite, detachment to being genuinely moved and surprised with a slight rise of her eyebrows and the shifting of her lips. You can literally see weight lift from her shoulders. And Michael Stuhlbarg!!! You know he’s being genuine in his flattery, but you can also see that’s he’s being pointed and strategic. These two were the unsung heroes of Hugo for me. And their performances were just two of many that stirred me to the core. FUCK, WHAT A GREAT MOVIE.