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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…
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…
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;…
Adorable, and the best thing made that year.
Scorsese does body horror.
"Martin Scorsese" and "family film" are not two things that seem like they should be occupying the same space, but here we are. And it actually works pretty brilliantly. It probably helps that the film is largely informed by Scorsese's rather obvious love of the history of filmmaking.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this film. I really dislike Chloë Grace Moretz, but despite the fact that Scorsese had her speaking with a British accent in a French setting I didn't mind her in Hugo. Her character is kinda lame and is just there to help Hugo out, even her destiny is just to tell his story. Disappointing female characters.
I enjoyed the love story to film, though. It was good for a family movie!
Slow and calculated as it is, as the film progresses, it begins to reveal layers of depth and wonder. Scorsese has created the best 3D film ever (because as good as Avatar looked, there was nothing special beyond the aesthetics), and all of the performers give strong, slightly self-aware performances, and you can tell they all had fun performing. The sluggish pace and abrupt change of subject matter means that a lot of people (especially kids) will either be bored of the movie or simply won't enjoy the sudden history lesson pushed upon them, but I think anybody should give it a try anyways.
"I'd imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too." Hugo Cabret.
Introducing ancient film history to the kids is a nice idea and as such this is a wonderful film. Making movies for children is a bit of a waste of Scorsese's skills though. This must be the ugliest film he has made. Everything looks super fake with strange colors and lighting. It's cartoony but not in a way that serves a story that is part fantasy and part grounded in reality.
Another thing that makes it hard for me to get into the story is that all the French people are British. It's such a strange choice with some American actors faking British accents as French characters. Is Europe all the same to Scorsese? It's also weird that Sacha Baron…
Maybe it was that I watched this movie at exactly the right time in my life, but the whimsical beauty and along with the dark mechanics of Hugo reminded me that as bleak and hopeless finding our place in this great "Machine" can seem, there is still beauty to be found in the search. The cinematography kept both beauty and apprehension alive throughout this film and the dialogue was clever and upbeat. The pacing was brilliant and every single character lovable in some way...save for Uncle Claude.
Hugo was a cold, soulless video-game of a film. Somewhere amongst the 90 minutes of some of the worst child-acting this side of Gran Torino (remember that fucking kid?!) was a cleverly disguised homage to George Méliès (here played by Ben Kingsley). Chloe Möretz hams it up with her absurd accent, whereas Asa Butterfield twitches his way through a range of dead-eyed 'emotions', neither of which make you care about their plight. This 'adventure film' is not so much an adventure film as each action scene is essentially a back-patting panning-shot through the horribly stagey train station, meaning that not a single moment feels as though it were set in anything but a film set. Impossible to like given the unforgivable waste of talent, specifically that of Martin Scorsese.
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