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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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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;…
Hugo more like crapo
Overrated movie with style over substance.
Beautifully made, but not all that engaging. Which isn't surprising given it's sort of a kids' movie.
Marty baby, thank you for showing us a new side of you. This was so different than anything Marty has ever done and I'm so happy with this. The acting was incredible and I really loved the story (I had no idea what this was about before watching it). But with all that aside, the cinematography was absolutely incredible. This is some of the most beautiful cinematography I've ever seen and this whole movie was beautiful and incredible and I'm so proud of Marty really. But the acting near the end of the movie was incredible for the young age of the actors and it was truly impressive.
‘Hugo’ obviously isn’t a traditional Scorsese experience, bereft of any tones from Goodfellas or Casino. Scorsese is poetically breaking new ground, directing his first 3D film about the man who effectively invented special effects. In a sense, the film is reflective of Scorsese's childhood and life as a filmmaker with the story being told through the eyes of a child tinkering with his toys, trying to obtain something special - the immediate parallel that comes to mind is Scorsese discovering 3D, and making this movie. ‘Hugo’ is how a family film should be made, albeit some minor miscasts and perhaps the first half suffered from slow pacing, it has both the imagination and visual stimulation for children with a simple yet layered story told through sympathetic characters and quirky gags. Also appealing to the adult audience with its complex themes, and references to cinema particularly in the second half whereby most people will enjoy the utter ingenuity in the film.
This film felt like a by-the-numbers adaptation of a kid's book, but I really have no idea where the source is. It took me a while to see this (even though it has received a lot of good press) simply because I haven't had a clue, from trailers, what it is about.
Unfortunately you still may not know what the film is about by the end of the picture. Except of course, one obvious answer is that this is really just Scorsese's love letter to movies, via the silent film director character. And what I didn't like is that while the film seems concerned with the boy and his journey, this thread is abandoned in the final reel and it…
A wonderful family movie as only Scorsese could make.
"Hugo" is a sublime rekindling of what makes motion images magical and it's done brilliantly through the lens of a modern day, 3D, digital medium and the curious eyes of a child. Simply put, Scorsese just knows how to compose in the X, Y, and Z. With journeymen like use of depth in every image via consumate camera placement, "Hugo" makes "Avatar" look like a simple elementary school appliqué project.
At first I thought it was weird that the new Scorsese was screening at this festival, but having seen this love letter to early cinema it makes sense. Also, it's part of a program that also features a newly restored color version of A Trip To The Moon and a documentary on that restoration. I really liked how Scorsese shows himself a master of digital cinema yet at the same time uses that to remind us of the wonders of old analogue films. I loved everything about this movie but the 3D, which I had mixed feelings about. Some great compositions sure, but at times with people in the foreground you get that annoying 'diorama effect' where I feel I'm…
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