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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.
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…
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…
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…
Ah, such exquisite film-making. You know a movie is of good quality when the cinematography, set design, costumes, characters, sound and music all leave you awe-inspired. Marks off for the primary plot which ended up being a red herring that led to a rather disappointing reveal, but all in all, it was still hard not to feel good after watching this. Sacha Baron Cohen and his subplot deserved stars of their own.
Inspiring story, based around one of the greatest pioneers of film. Great, intriguing characters.
Honestly one of the worst scripts in a Martin Scorsese film I've seen. It's not necessarily bad, but many parts are majorly over dramatized. Some parts are appropriately dramatic, such as the reveals near the end, but others are somewhat inexcusable.
We've got Ben Kingsley, an amazing actor. Sacha Baron Cohen, who can be good. We've got Chloe Grace Moretz, a good child actress, who seems to be starring in worse and worse films these days. And then at the front, we've got Asa Butterfield, who gave a good performance in ENDER'S GAME, but gives, like the writing, an overdramatized…
Um ótimo filme de infanto-juvenil de drama e aventura. A história é muito boa e conta com ótimos atores. Além disso, uma característica interessante do filme é que ele conta um pouco da história do início do cinema, coisa que a maioria das pessoas não sabem.
A lot of reviews I had read praising the film tended to review the film as a reflection of Scorsese's childhood which is all well and good and gives a point of view for a review, but it doesn't actually review what's onscreen which is rather drab and lifeless. Scorsese's film takes itself far to seriously sucking the whimsy out of what should be the more magical moments and the sequence at Mielles' studio plays more like a compressed film history lecture instead of capturing the magic of Mielles' films. Scorsese is a great filmmaker who clearly remembers what it's like to escape to magical cinematic worlds; he just hasn't figured out how to create one of his own.
I'm really glad that this played so well for me this time around, perhaps better than the first viewing.
Is the "drink every time Hugo says something like 'give me my notebook' game" a thing? It should be.
Martin Scorsese followed this film up with The Wolf of Wall Street.
Decent film to watch with younger children.
Nearing the completion of my goal to watch all the 2012 best picture nominees I finally watched this interesting film. It's strange that, in the same year there were 2 separate films about the early days of the French film industry. But is that what this movie is about? It's tough to say. That's the biggest issue I have with this film, the utter lack of focus. Maybe it's a product of the book that was used as inspiration, but it should have been cleaned up in the script.
The movie starts out as this emotional journey into the life of the titular character. It tells a difficult tale of an orphan boy who is living in a train station.…
This movie came highly recommended and it did not disappoint! Unique story, great characters, super cinematography and just all around funsies ;D
Don't expect explosions. Don't expect action. Expect a small adventure.
One might say the film is slightly boring but that's simply because films these days are made to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Hugo is beautiful to watch. Colours, setting, buildings. It's all there, but somehow... magical.
Visually stunning. Absolutely insanely detailed. Scorsese is so meticulous it's not even funny.
Hugo as a movie is more interesting and moving for me than I was expecting. The passion for film and for the preservation of art is both inspiring and heart-warming. This will definitely be a movie I'll watch every winter, it just has that holiday season vibe.
- 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!
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- The Broadway Melody
As we near the kickoff to Oscar season, I figured it would be appropriate for the site to have a…