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One of the most legendary directors of our time takes you on an extraordinary adventure.
Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key which Hugo needs to find to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets with a shopkeeper, George Melies, who works in the train station and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past.
Several years ago I read Brian Selznick’s novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and whilst won over by the world created I was left bitterly disappointed by the story. Not long after, Martin Scorsese showed an interest in adapting the book for the silver screen and I was actually quite hopeful as film was the natural medium for a story about the magic of cinema. Yet, despite my optimism all of the novel’s failings are present in the adaptation and it ends up being just as frustrating and disappointing as it was back in 2007.
The production design is sensational, capturing a romanticised Parisian train station in all of its bustling glory. The cinematography is equally impressive and it isn’t…
I thought it would be fitting to watch as my hundredth film this month (Thanks again for the heads up, Dave Vis!) a film about one of the heroes of cinema, a film allegedly about the beauty of imagination and this medium I so love.
Scorcese's film looks absolutely stunning. It is perhaps the most beautiful film I've seen all year. From the opening shot onwards, you know you're in for a visual treat. The way Scorcese moves and twirls the camera through this Parisian train station is breathtaking and an absolute delight. There are a couple of these wonderfully flowing action sequences that made me wish I had seen it on the…
Scorsese is a filmmaker whose concern has always been to explicitly demonstrate his cinematic inspiration sources, from his frenetic and refreshing gangster films, to his disturbing thrillers, until the great documentaries he made about the influence of Italian cinema in his particular nostalgic vision. Hugo reiterates this phacet of his, creating an absorbing environment with fantastical elements that surpass reality even if it is not a fantasy film, in the same way that cinema made our dreams come true as well.
Even if it falls amidst an average realm of quality regarding his directing capabilities contrasted with his more challenging and innovative body of work (especially in the 70s and 80s), Hugo does not fail to impress at certain segments…
Let me start by saying that this film is not perfect. 3D is still not flawless. The frame-rates at which they make these films is far too low, and it shows whenever there is motion.
The acting here is also not perfect. Sure Sacha Baron Cohen is great, but Chloe Moretz does come across as if she is trying slightly too hard. But honestly, it doesn't matter.
It doesn't matter at all.
Its actually quite hard to believe that the man behind the camera is the man who brought us Taxi Driver and Goodfellas. There's no grittiness, and darkness here. Instead Martin Scorsese is showing us his deep love of film. Explaining to us, why he went into the film…
December Challenge Film #35
This morning, I woke up and something smelled...off. "Oh, the cat took a shit." I figured, so I went in to check. Nope, clean litter box. The plot thickens. After some wandering, I went down in the basement only to discover that sewage had backed up all over, the source of my dismay. My day literally started off shitty.
Random that I would tell that story at the start of a film review of Hugo, but the lingering odor as I awaited the arrival of the Plumber played a direct role in inspiring my choice of film. I didn't want something pessimistic and dour and cold. I needed something magical.
When Hugo was first released on…
It wins five Oscars amongst the side categories whilst being nominated for six more. It holds a strong metacritic score of 83. On top of those figures it is directed by none other than Martin Scorsese. And yet I am not impressed. ‘Hugo’ is thought to be a ride to magic land, but even by trying to view it from a child’s perspective I fail to be enchanted. Here I see no magical aura, no I see a set that is supposed to feel dreamlike only to be force fed through the viewer’s throat, like a bad Christmas movie. Besides this lacking engagement I didn’t even think the plot was in any way worthy of a place within Scorsese’s oeuvre;…
Are you a fan of Hollywood movies? Do you prefer clear or predictable story lines? Are blockbuster action movies your cup of tea? Or romantic drama's where the characters always fall in love end up together. If so, maybe this movie is not for you.
Scorsese absolutely hit this one out of the park. What a marvelous story told in a beautiful way. For someone who is absolutely fed up with the run of continual rubbish that has been rolling out of studios for the last several years, it is a joy to get something without a covert or overt political agenda that tells a simple, yet beautiful, story is such an imaginative way.
Un film più per gli occhi che per la mente. Superficiale e ovvio in divenire, trova la sua unica ragion d'essere negli splendidi inchini che il cinefilo Scorsese rivolge al mondo del cinema e alla sua arte (tra)sognante (da lucciconi le fugaci apparizioni sullo schermo di Harold Lloyd, Luise Brooks e soci). Incantevoli le scenografie
love a good dog influenced subplot
'My life has taught me one lesson, Hugo Cabret, and not the one I thought it would. Happy endings only happen in the movies.'
Imagine Martin Scorsese making your kids' films. Sounds pretty good (or maybe utterly terrifying). Unfortunately, the reality isn't quite so true. Though the visuals are impressive and he teases out some good performances, something doesn't quite click. For all the wonder he tries to evoke - and he really tries it, moving from clockwork machines to books to his real interest, films - the whole thing doesn't hang together, and there moments which would be limp in the hands of any director, but which are particularly jarring because they are so un-Scorsesian. Hugo gets many things…
One of my favorite films of Martin Scorcese.
This is a love letter to the art of films masking as a children's tale DIRECTED BY MARTIN SCORSESE
Why didn't this movie win the Oscar that year
Also one of those very few movies that actually looked awesome in 3D
Existentialism through the eyes of a young boy finding the meaning to his life in the films of Georges Méliés.
Why would I not love it?
Hugo is hands down one of the best films I have ever seen, and it should be regarded as one of Scorsese's best right up there with classics like Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, and Raging Bull. I remember the very first time I watched Hugo. It was around Christmas time, and I was in 8th grade. The film had been released in theatres a few weeks prior to when I saw it.
It was a cold afternoon, it was snowing, and my family wanted to see a movie in theatres, so we decided that we would watch Hugo. I had seen a few trailers, and I knew the basic plot, but what I didn't know is just how this movie would…
Scorsese going directly from this to The Wolf of Wall Street is hysterically funny to me for some reason. Hey, maybe that's what Hugo needed to get that final push into "masterpiece" territory: a scene of Georges Méliès doing quaaludes. In 3D.
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…