eh, HUGO hype is I think, because of the name Scorsese and nice visuals. Scorsese has always been a household name for movie buffs but for the mainstream crowd he may just sound like that "The Departed and other mafia 70s flicks dude"/ I would say that in order to let the movie operate its full charm you have to either be a fan of the book or familiar with history of cinema/ Georges Melies. I am the latter myself; being an animator. But I fully understood the lack of appeal towards the audience outside the aforementioned group, unless you are really into the pretty cinematography and visual escapism (steampunk et al). My mom said it's boring and limp. Ha. Nice boots though.