Saturday, December 10, 2011

Hugo review

Hugo is based off of The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Bryan Selznick. The film is also director Martin Scorsese's first 3D film and his first film for kids. Hugo stars Asa Butterfield as the titular character, who is an orphan that lives in a train station in Paris. His father (Jude Law) died and his uncle disappeared. Now he runs all the clocks in the station by himself. He is constantly hiding from the Station Inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen). He steals to get food, toys, and pieces for an automaton, that his father and him were fixing before his death. Hugo also believes that the automaton holds a message from his father. One day he is caught stealing by Georges (Ben Kingsley). Georges takes Hugo's notebook, which has drawings of the automaton and he hides it from him. Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz), Georges' goddaughter helps Hugo find his notebook and fix the automaton.

The first half of the film is a real adventure about Hugo, Isabelle, and the message in the automaton. But the film soon turns into Scorsese's movie about his love of movies and that, for me is when it got really interesting. I won't say what happens but it involves a movie director and him trying to forget his past career.

The 3D is very good, with some scenes that seemed to pop off the screen. The 3D didn't blow my mind but the scenes with snow were amazing.

The film has some bad spots though. Firstly it is too long, and there was certainly a lot of stuff that was not in the book that could have been cut. The whole subplot about the Station Inspector could have been cut out of the film along with the subplot about the bookkeeper (Christopher Lee). It also moves very slow in some parts, and small children may get very bored, but for any true cinema fan, it is a true treat to see the movie, especially the parts about Melies.

The acting is very good all around. Butterfield and Moretz are great actors, but the best performances come from Kingsley and Helen McCrory who plays Melies' wife. There are no bad performances. Even Sacha Baron Cohen's the Station Inspector is very good, it's just useless to the plot.

In the end, Hugo is a delightful family film that all movie fans will adore. I can't recommend it for kids, not because of bad stuff, but because they will be bored. But everybody else should definitely see it.

THE FINAL GRADE:  B+                                             (8/10)

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