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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…
There are some films that are just meant to be made by certain directors, as the hands of fate ensure that everything falls into its right place. When you think of a person who can emote the passion, experience and imagination that goes into a great cinema then Martin Scorsese is one of the first names to roll off the tongue.
Hugo is not only inspired by the true story of one of the great directors largely forgotten by the general public, it also serves as a reflection of Scorsese himself. Not exactly a telling of his own story but in a broader sense his wide-eyed enthusiasm exists in the young boy, a magical tale of how the fires of…
I really love this gem. While a children's film, Scorsese is very much using nostalgia to push cinema forward. He uses CGI and 3D (I watched the film in 2D on Bluray this time, and it still works) to give the sense of beauty, awe, and newness that the original films did. Whether it was the train careening toward the camera, the rocket hitting the moon in the eye, or Harry Lloyd trying to climb that building, the same sense of awe is here. The CGI is not realistic, but more painterly, creating a significant whimsical mood.
The characters and setting, the latter of which is perfectly designed with logical geography, are storybook and memorable. Sasha Baron Cohen…
Visually stunning. First Scorcese film I ever watched.
Adoro quando o filme fala sobre cinema e esse o fez, de uma maneira linda e com personagens que te aguçam o interesse. Sem sobra de dúvidas se tornou um dos meus favoritos! Grande Scorsese
i have only vague memories of this
I'd say this has the potential to be a modern kid's film classic.
Wunderschöne Liebeserklärung an das Medium Film für die ganze Familie!
It will always be ironic to me that Martin Scorsese made this family film then made The Wolf of Wall Street next. Oh Marty!
Scorsese has written the most beautiful love letter to cinema in Hugo. The tie-in of Hugo and George Melias works well and can teach the audience about the early days of filmmaking without even realizing they are being taught. This is a spectacular tribute to George Melias and even though he may have been forgotten after World War I the audience certainly has not thanks to Marty.
The acting is pretty good from the entire cast. Asa Butterfield did an alright job as the title character, and Chloe Grace Moretz was youthful and energetic. The ensemble…
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…
Help me out with this one guys.
"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.