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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…
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…
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
"Movies are like DREEEEAAAAMMMMMS OOOooooOOOOoooOoo"
Another amazing Scorsese film! Omg this movie had such a pure innocence flow on me. This was such a beautiful film. This definitely better than all those amateurish live action Disney movies. This was a very spectacular and glorious experience. Best fantasy kids movie ever!
I liked it way more this time around and it's the 3D that made all of the difference. It is really well done and thematically necessary.
So, I originally wasn't going to review this title. For one thing, the last time I saw it was in 2011, in cinemas (I did see it three times in theatres though, so I trust my previous judgement). Then I came on letterboxd and looked up the movie tonight. There is pretty much NO love for this movie. Come on, folks! This is Scorsese's love letter to cinema. The movie has Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley and is set primarily in a giant train station. Most of all, it is ABOUT film. That is why we are all on this website! Now, I haven't seen "8 and a Half", Federico Fellini's own love letter to cinema (so I've heard) or…
Menos mal que la he visto después de "El Lobo de Wall Street", porque vaya bajón. Con un Scorsese esforzándose por parecer vitalista y para todos los públicos, pero saliéndole una cosa apolillada y con olor a alcanfor. Con una historia que tarda demasiado en arrancar, y que cuando lo hace no sabe si tirar por el relato de aventuras, el drama infantil o el documental apócrifo. Acabando en una reivindicación del cine mudo por la vía más lagrimógea y quedando en un segundo plano ese sentido de la maravilla del que gozaban las primeras obras cinematográficas y que aquí no se llega ni a rozar.
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…
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