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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…
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;…
Perhaps Scorsese's least auteristic work to date; Hugo relies on a less mythologised approach to the genre, establishes a fantastical, festive setting outside the director's usual pop culture-ridden milieu, and aims for a much younger audience.
It's tempting to label it a kid's movie on first impression, but it both undershoots its younger target audience and will capture an older one with its smart, warming lesson on the history of film. Much of it will probably go over the heads of younger viewers, but there is too much to marvel at (cinematographically and in its many outstanding performances) to miss.
Strangely, Hugo's greatest achievement, after all its successes, is to put into pictures what it is that us Letterboxd users are so spellbound by when it comes to cinema. Or perhaps that self-referential paradox only adds another layer of magic.
Insanely catchy film. It tells a great life stories that sound truly real. You will be moved to tears. Music, effects and everything else is perfect. Never overdone, always realistic and believable.
Me pasé toda la película esperando a que empezase.
Charming little film. Still can't believe this is Scorsese! Also the most effective use of 3d I have yet seen. Enjoyable oddity!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
it was interesting in the beginning and in the end but the middle was a bit boring!
4/10: Shallow characters, undeveloped, and unconvincing. The story was really slow and unrewarding.
Yo, I'm way behind in reviews so I'll try to keep it short. This is a wonderful film, brimming with magic and passion for filmmaking. It reminded me the importance of cinema and I was dazzled by Scorsese's vision, whose love for cinema is evident here (and all of his filmography, really).
If I could go back in time, I'd probably choose to go to the antebellum Europe, wherever a film was screening. From all the times of film history, the one that most intrigues me is the begging of it all, that period in the late 1890's and the early 1900's where people had just been introduced to this invention called cinema. I wish I was there along with…
In critic, David Thomson’s, article on the role of 3D in films today, he states that he, “find[s] 3D a bothersome diversion from what movies might be about.” He believes that the use of 3D makes the visual language of a shot feel unnatural and creates complicated layers that distract the audience from the experience they should be getting from the movie itself. At times, I believe I would agree with Mr. Thomson, especially in respect to the many films I’ve seen that use 3D as a gimmick to enhance a film with little to no story line or a film with large amounts of VFX. But there are the rare cases where I see a film that actually uses…
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