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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…
Hugo certainly has glaring issues, but it also has some of the most transcendent moments in recent cinema.
About half an hour into this film, I was deeply concerned. The film just wasn't quite working, those clockwork gears were out of sync. This isn't exactly new among Scorsese's filmography, occasionally there have been films which took some time to wind up and fall into a groove. For Hugo, once the two central characters start to strike up a bond, with activities including visiting the library and cinema, the film finally starts to gain a foothold, and generally gets better from that point on. That said, the plot here is noticeably flimsy and dramatically challenged, particularly on reflection. Whilst the source…
Martin Scorsese's best since Goodfellas.
Precioso y emocionante canto al cine y a la imaginación. Scorsese lleva con gracia una historia mágica que, a pesar de su tono infantil, no se aparta de un enfoque orientado a todo aquel que disfrute con el séptimo arte. Imaginería visual al servicio de su principal objetivo: atraparte y maravillarte. Objetivo conseguido.
I saw this film on New Year's Day, 2012. I was expecting a decent, whimsical holiday film about a scamp who lives in a train station and who may or may not be named Hugo. Instead, I got a fantastic ode to the early days of cinema. I always thought I had an appreciation for the history of filmmaking. But it wasn't until I took a class called Film as Art in college that I was really exposed to great, older movies from the early part of the 1900s (Thanks, Dr. Mason). We watched films like Metropolis, Birth of a Nation, The Great Train Robbery, The Battleship Potemkin, City Lights, and a few films from Melies. Honestly, I don't know…
A 12-year-old orphan living in the walls of a Paris train station circa 1930 must unravel a mystery involving his late father and a robot. Martin Scorsese directing a kids movie could fall on it's face but the movie works so well that movie is great.
Underwhelming. I didn't see it in 3D unfortunately, which I'm led to believe actually does make Hugo into the spectacle that Scorsese intended it to be, but mostly it was underwhelming.
Clearly the story of Hugo - a clock-fixing orphan boy living in a French train station who discovers an automaton robot, taking him on a journey through the origins of silent cinema - based on a novel by Brian Selznick, is the perfect template for Scorsese to explain his love of the history of film. What he presents is no less than his personal adoration and fondness for a time where films were magic, doing something no other medium in the world could, inspiring wonder and fascination in children…
This is basically a love letter to cinema which is funny because it gave me the feeling of watching the films I saw as a kid that would spark my imagination and make me want to go out and explore or have adventures. I'm not sure that was it's intention but there you go.
It seems I've only really heard about HUGO in sneering tones, people dismissing it as an off-key curio: a children's film sitting awkwardly amongst the oeuvre of the very adult auteur that is Martin Scorsese. So it was with some trepidation that I decided to watch it today. And now not only am I glad I ignored the negative buzz, but I'm genuinely dismayed this is viewed as a bum note in Scorsese's filmography, as it's one of his better films of recent years.
This seems to start off as a charming fable about a boy called Hugo Cabret, an orphan who lives within the walls of a grand Parisian train station, operating the clocks. It all has a fantastical…
Quite simply an utter delight of a film that is a true love letter to film, forged by one of the icons who has helped make cinema-going such an essential aspect of life
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[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…