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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.
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…
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…
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;…
Watched with my daughter today and forgot about how good Hugo was, definitely worth a rewatch.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Every film nut on LETTERBOXD is gonna like this movie. Worst place to read reviews for this ..Sorry
“If you’ve ever wondered where your dreams come from, you look around… this is where they’re made.” Georges Méliès perfectly summarizes the magic and wonder created in films in this one simplistic yet moving sentence. Movies, when flawlessly executed, not only deliver a simple story but also create dreams, ambitions, and inspiration. Although winning several Academy Awards, the film Hugo barely misses the mark of perfection due to its lack of a specific target audience. Beautiful cinematography, sound production, and visual effects fill this film to the brim with artistic expression. However, the director attempts and fails to unite young and old audiences alike by using childish methods to address adult emotions. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, although containing a few storyline…
It's not as amazing as the Oscars made it seem ¬¬ ...psch.
In my opinion, the director tried to tell so many stories that he ended up with a 'saturated' plot that really didn't get anywhere. There were so many characters that we couldn't really get to know in depth and their stories felt a bit weak and loose. The guard and the woman he liked, the florist? The two guys at the café (HP actors)? Meliés and his wife? Hugo and the girl? The robot Hugo was fixing, along with the so important heart key? Which it appeared to me to be of great importance and ended up being gifted by the girl in a second. Sheer luck.
It's too late for me to gather my complete thoughts about this, but I loved it. I really did. It was really sweet, and had a lot of heart. In spite of his status as a living legend among directors, Scorsese is not a filmmaker I've paid very much attention to. To be completely honest, I'm only now just starting to realize what a genius he is.
"Hugo" is the very definition of a going on a journey with a character, by the end you feel as if you were there, with them. The artistic style that isn't present in most children's films comes to the forefront in "Hugo" with beautiful visuals and a powerful story about the magic of stories while also holding something everyone can relate to; the essence of childhood itself. The pacing of the story is handled quite well, I didn't find the plot jumping around, instead it flowed naturally. Something else I particularly enjoyed was the detail that every character had, all of them were handled with such care and felt very human. This aspect is something that I also fail to…
Nice homenage to the early movies. Sasha Baron Cohen, amazing as always.
Really, really brilliant.
One that I need to rewatch some day.
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