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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…
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;…
Crazy film depicting the rise and fall of one of the greatest movie makers ever made. The music really added to the intense scenes that it had Chloe grace moretz and sacha baron Cohen are really good adding intricate parts to Hugo's story. My next film will be the polar express with Tom hanks
Magnificently bathed in dream like blues, greens and very warm yellows, reds and oranges, Scorsese and Richardson pair up again to portray a 3D family epic based on Brian Selznik's book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret". The plot is particularly simple, a boy named "Hugo", Asa Butterfield, who lost his father is struggling to grow up and an old man, famed film pioneer George Melies played by Ben Kingsley, trying to avoid the perceived failures of his past become rivals, but in the end help each other through a common interest, it sounds familiar. However the comedy and arc of Sacha Baron-Cohen and the mechanisms employed by this film to unite these two characters brings a unique touch. The use…
Not knowing what this film was actually about, but knowing that it won many awards I began watching this movie with high hopes and curiosity. I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed the story of this movie and the setup kept my attention the entire time. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an enjoyable movie to watch.
I liked this film, this may seem dumb but it seems that it was filmed with a gold filter that gave it a vintage look. I liked that. The story was touching.
Great movie. I thought it was funny and very heartfelt. The graphics of the film were absolutely breathtaking, it felt like I was there at times. Time was introduced to me in a different light once I had watched the movie and was quickly absorbed into the story.
I'm so tired of filmmakers trying to cram as much shit going on as possible into their busy-busy, overbudgeted frames. They give me a headache. It's a good thing teaching the kiddies about film preservation, I suppose, but I'm trying to remember what saved this from getting a 4 when I graded 5/10 on IMDb 2 months ago. I can't remember. 4/10
I really like this movie, mainly because of all the film history in it. Its a fun film to watch. You can tell Scorsese put love into this film.
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WInner of 5 Oscars and nominated for 6 more, Hugo, is a stylish bravura to the history of cinema. The old cinema. The beginning of our magic. It encapsulates the power, passion and wonderment that motion pictures instilled in so many hearts before this digital age. Well... that's at least the words that some of the critics used to describe this film. I on the other hand, fail to see this magic. There were glimpses no doubt in between. The plot is a good one to set off the idea of portraying homage to a forgotten cinema great. And it flirted with fuctionality here and there, but ultimately fell short. Yes, the…
I had never seen this film before. I really enjoyed the entire aesthetic feel of the movie. The steam that permeates the train station atmosphere is fantastic. I love the way brown and gold are the day, with blues and grays working in the shadows and night. The day's Amber glow, really helped the era seem bygone. The production design was clearly my favorite aspect of this film. Working in a bio of George Melies was a great touch. I don't know much about the life of the real man, so it could all be a fabrication in this story. That doesn't matter, as it makes the movie that much more rich.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…