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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…
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…
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…
Not Scorcese's best, but it is a great looking film.
“Come, and let us dream together” George Melies.
This film is very much a love letter to the art of filmmaking, and from my point of view, artistically this is Marty’s masterpiece.
Every frame filled with wonder – long tracking shots, seamless editing, glorious lighting; the camera loves every angle and composition. Each frame is perfectly amplified by the delightful Howard Shore score – light hearted and whimsical when needs be, imbuing the scenes with a definite Parisian bent.
The story itself, adapted from a novel by Brian Selznick may be a bit simplistic and saccharine in conveying its message, but there are plenty of pearls in the script (as the baker states towards film’s end “my my, there may…
It's like a warm hug after a long Monday.
It's charming and visually stunning but I found Hugo a little hollow. The story line is rather tired, certainly when the story changes altogether and Ben Kingsley character becomes the lead. It felt like two movies smashed together at first it's a film about an orphan (Hugo) wishing to fix an automaton (a robot man thing), Hugo's last remaining connection to his dead father. Then the story changes to Ben Kingsley and his character's past, which has little to do with Hugo. It's a bit of a mess. To make matters worse, It's side plots are all pretty weak to and Asa Butterfield isn't great as the films lead either. So despite the good intentions here, Hugo has far to many problems and is classic example of style over substance.
It does take its time and has a very slow burn approach towards story development but once it hatches its truly enchanting and surprising. Don't let the first impression throw you off, it really is time well spent!
Pure cinema magic. It's obvious that this film is one of Mr. Scorsese's most personal achievements. It certainly is for me. What a beautiful fairy tale of cinema and pure heart.
Simply splendid and spellbinding.
LOVE OF CINEMA
must be what fueled everything in this remarkable film adventure.
I confess to admiring Martin Scorsese even more after watching this.
Instead of making TAXI DRIVER 2, or CASINO: Revenge of the Mob, he makes HUGO, and MY VOYAGE TO ITALY, or even produces WORLD CINEMA FOUNDATION: VOLUME ONE, containg a Turkish film from 1964, a Moroccan film from 1981 presenting the "rock" band Nass el Ghiwane, and a 1989 film from Kazakhstan, all happening to be EXCELLENT in some way or another, and very watchable for those not so mainstream-minded.
I liked almost anything in HUGO; surprisingly enough, as I have avoided watching it until now. Might re-watch it, but not anytime soon.
Absolutely beautiful in so many aspects. A film lover's movie.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…