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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…
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…
Love letter to cinema.
A visual masterpiece for sure and a well-deserved Academy Award for Cinematography but despite being a love poem written for the (early) art of filmmaking and Georges Melies, in found the overall story and characters a tad lacking. The basic backdrop is a Dickensian story about an orphaned boy ( for the most basic and dullest of reasons really) who struggles to find his place in the world, dealing with grumpy authorities, evil relatives and a lovely, albeit withdrawn father-figure. Like I said, Dickens all over the place. Yet, I felt that the story itself never really picks up a good pace, making you wonder what is going to happen next or how any particular problem / conflictc can be…
Too beautiful to ever regret seeing, the film is, unfortunately, somewhat lacking. The story's pace is too slow - a leisurely pace can be a good thing but in this case it just did not have enough in it to justify being as long as it did. The children were, unfortunately, not particularly endearing - Butterfield's performance was not strong enough to carry the film (and to be fair, I doubt that was the boy's fault as much as it was the problem of carrying a two hour film with little plot), and I found myself actively disliking Moretz's character for being extraordinarily callous toward her friend, describing wandering through his 'home' in the station by saying "I feel just…
Looks beautiful, some good acting and lovely moments but found it on whole disappointing and at times frustrating.
Not quite the masterpiece many people seem to be making Hugo out as, the film still does a lot of neat things--particularly with its unexpected (yet frequent) references to silent films and historical events. The plot is fairly simple, but does become more textured and intriguing as the film goes on.
A beautiful tribute to the film medium by Scorsese, who it's easy to tell really put his heart into this movie. I loved the storyline of Georges Méliès, unfortunately though I didn't care as much for Hugo's storyline. More Méliès and I probably would've given it 4 stars. The cinematography is really great and the actors all do a fine job, and Scorsese's direction is flawless as always. Exceeded my expectations, great flick!
El amor al cine hecho peli, "no hase falta desir nada más".
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…