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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…
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…
true cinémà !!
"...As someone who has loved some of the director’s bloodier, darker, and more disturbing work, the idea of watching a PG family drama made by him never really appealed to me. So, when I found out I would be watching Hugo in a class earlier this week, I was less than thrilled. I understand how Hugo might warm the hearts of nostalgic cinephiles, and I understand why someone who loves film and film history as much as Scorsese may have wanted to make it. That said, I don’t expect to be watching it again. The film is, in a number of ways, an ode to the magic of movies. But the magic of movies can’t watch a film, and those of us already aware of its existence know that it can produce works far more affecting, thought-provoking, and important than Hugo..."
//don't mind my star ratings. they don't mean much//
entertaining last I saw it
Did You Know That: This was director Martin Scorsese's second film in a row to deal with the magic of moviemaking. Immediately before this, he made a film about how an intriguingly-built narrative, crafted, as in this film, by a kindly Ben Kingsley, helps a troubled man forget himself for a while.
I recall really liking this when I first saw this, but I don't believe I liked it this much. It's really something that Scorsese was not only able to make a children's film about film preservation, a subject kids' parents probably have no clue or interest about, he was able to make his point accessible even in the pure adventure elements, where he takes after the silent films…
Lovely gentle film with very few stakes, but well-crafted (whaddya expect) enough that it's a nice way to spend a few hours.
The beginning of the end for the phenomenon known as Martin Scorsese.
I love it more every time
Scorsese's love letter to cinema. Visually fantastic. Not as cohesive as it could be. It's a good watch overall, but I think I enjoyed it more for its endearing look at film history than anything else.
Martin Scorsese is a crafty bastard: in the guise of a film for children he has made a film for cineastes...one that allows us to wallow. As a children’s film it is a cross between Harry Potter and Amélie. Like Harry Potter its central character is a boy who has lost his parents and embarks on a series of adventures that brings him closer to the memory of his parents, continuing their life work. In Harry Potter this means becoming a wizard, fighting evil and whizzing around on broomsticks, in Hugo it means tinkering around with clockwork and finding out that the grumpy man who mends clockwork in a booth at the station is pioneer filmmaker Georges Melies. In terms…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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