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Great movie for the family. Even the big kids will like this one. Throughout his extraordinary career, Martin Scorsese has brought his unique vision and dazzling gifts to life in a series of unforgettable films. This holiday season the legendary storyteller invites you to join him on a thrilling journey to a magical world with his first-ever 3-D film, based on Brian Selznick's award-winning, imaginative New York Times best-seller, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret."
MOVIE REVIEW: “HUGO” (3D). DIRECTED BY MARTIN SCORSESE. WRITTEN BY JOHN LOGAN BASED ON THE BOOK THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET BY BRIAN SELZNICK. STARRING SIR BEN KINGSLEY, ASA BUTTERFIELD, CHLOË GRACE MORETZ , CHRISTOPHER LEE, SACHA BARON COHEN, EMILY MORTIMER, HELEN MCCRORY, MICHAEL STUHLBARG, RAY WINSTONE AND JUDE LAW. CINEMATOGRAPHY BY ROBERT RICHARDSON.
Golden Globe recipient MARTIN SCORSESE’S “HUGO”, goes far beyond the story of young Hugo Cabret, portrayed brilliantly and heartfelt by ASA BUTTERFIELD (The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas) and French pioneer film maker Georges Méliès, played with equally striking depth by SIR BEN KINGSLEY, but also speaks to what cinema used to be, and, to some degree of what they still are for the most part: magic, wonder, awe, adventure, and most importantly story telling.
“HUGO” tells the story of the orphan Hugo Cabret who secretly lives in the Paris train station maintaining all the clocks while he tries to repair an automaton his late father (JUDE LAW), a watch and clock maker, discovered abandoned in the attic of a museum. The sophisticated device, unlike any Hugo’s father had seen before, was designed to write.
After the death of his father Hugo is taken in by his drunkard of an uncle Claude (RAY WINSTONE) who maintains the clocks in the Paris train station. The rusted and neglected automaton is one of two of Hugo’s possessions and links to his father who also passed down his passion and talent for fixing things, as well as surviving and eluding the train station agent (SACHA BARON COHEN).
In his attempt to repair the automaton, Hugo is forced to steal clockwork parts and tools, including stealing and being caught by a sad, embittered and forgotten Méliès who runs a toy concession in the train station. Upon catching Hugo, Méliès forces the boy to empty his pockets, discovering Hugo’s father’s notebook. The notebook contains notes, sketches, and even a “flip book” animation of the automaton. Méliès is enraged when he discovers the notebook, claiming it’s his, confiscating it and telling Hugo he intends to burn it.
Hugo is terrified by the thought of losing his most prized connection to his father, but relinquishes the notebook. But he later learns from Méliès’ enchanting Goddaughter Isabelle (CHLOË GRACE MORETZ), who is an avid reader and budding adventuress, that “Papa Georges” still has Hugo’s notebook, which caused him great grief. Eventually Hugo and Méliès make a pact: Hugo will work in the concession until he “works off” what he stole and perhaps Méliès will return the notebook.
And therein lies the mystery that is part of the heart of the film. Hugo is seeking to repair the automaton for he believes his father left him a secret message. What the automaton reveals leads Hugo and Isabelle to the mystery of Papa Georges. The mystery of Papa Georges leads them to the magic, wonder, awe, and adventure of the early days of cinema and the pioneering filmmaker of Georges Méliès.
ROBERT RICHARSON’s cinematography brings vibrant and vivid life to DANTE FARETTI’s production design to both the reality of Hugo’s world as well as the world of fantasy created by Méliès. The 3D brings equal beauty and depth to these worlds and well worth the higher ticket price.
Before the advent of the blockbuster, early cinema were simple films of scenes of everyday life until film makers figured out they could tell stories as Thomas Edison did with “The Great Train Robbery” in the United States, William Friese-Greene in England, and Louis and Antione Lumiere in France.
And then there was Georges Méliès, a successful and prosperous stage magician, and his wife-assistant Jeanne (HELEN MCCRORY) who inadvertently discovered the then novel medium of the Lumiere Cinematographe. Méliès gambled everything he owned to build his studio and created new magic in the medium with his astounding special effects.
In the film, after World War I, he felt the men returning home had seen such brutal reality; his innovative, fanciful films would go unappreciated. In despair he burned all of his sets and costumes and left the studio to fall into ruin.
Méliès produced 500 films and is regarded as "The Father of Special Effects” developing techniques as stop-motion photography, the use of fade in and fade out, was the first film maker to use production sketches and storyboards, all still in use to this day, and was eventually awarded the Legion of Honor in 1931.
Many critics have called “HUGO” Scorsese’s love letter to cinema, which it is but also a continuing crusade for the importance to film restoration and preservation. Cinema is an art form unlike any other, for no matter who is behind the camera directing, hundreds of artisans, from prop and wardrobe designers, set builders, painters, grips, gaffers, production designers and art directors, special effects and make-up personnel, writers, stunt people, background actors, supporting players, and “The Stars” are all equally important to make the audience’s experience “real” in the cinema worlds they inhabit.
FozziFilm Scale 5 out of 5.
Visually stunning. A must see for young and old!
This was the most wonderful film that I have seen in a very long time. I was so happy after I saw it and could not stop talking about it, this film truly warmed my heart and soul. First of all, the film looks incredible, i saw it in 3D and it was the best quality 3D that I have seen, hats off to Martin Scorcese who really surprised me with this film. The movie was truly magical and I have to admit that I teared up. The young actors were amazing and Sasha Cohen also really surprised me, he was so good. This film will appeal to everybody, adults will love it and children will have a great time as well. Overall, I highly recommend seeing this movie in the theaters.
A great movie. I really enjoyed the ode to Georges Méliès, the French film maker. This is a nice story, one in which everyone gets to be a winner in the end. I always prefer this ending to the ones in which 247 people get gunned down in bloody carnage.
The best line is as Hugo stares out his loft view in the clock tower speaking with Isabelle. (I won't ruin it.) This line is really the underlying issue in the movie. The idea is presented in other moments, you won't miss it. It is an interesting life point all of us should honor.
Kingsley is superb in his role as Georges. But, the real amazing performance is the Station Inspector of the train station played by Sacha Baron Cohen. I personally loathe his other, crude characters like Borat. But, he did a great job in Hugo as the Station Inspector.
This was a beautiful movie that I will not forget for a very long time. I think it was more than a film, it was a love letter written by Scorsese to the cinema and I was delighted to be able to read it in the theaters. The film was absolutely magical visually and in any other way it was perfect as well, I was mesmarazed by this film and could not stop talking about it for a week. I think the film is a fairy tale for adults and I am so happy i was able to see it in the theaters and be enchanted by it.
This movie is great i love it i read the book I think everyone should see it,but read the book first. They said that they would make the movie as close to the book as it can,but i think it's pretty exact.
I absolutely loved this film and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. I was really looking forward to seeing this film and I was not disappointed it was truly magical and i can not imagine that someone could not like this film, in my opinion it is simply impossible. It is a fairy tail for adults and in these troubled times we need a film just like this one, Martin Scorsese did an amazing job. Overall, you will miss out big time if you do not see this film, it was worth every penny and I will most likely see it again.
This was an absolutely wonderful and brilliant film that simply must be seen in 3D, it is definitely worth the extra cash. I was blown away by how amazing this film was and I highly recommend seeing it in the the theaters. The film is beautifully made and the story is great, I could tell that film is very personal to the director and maybe that is why the film is so magical, I was so happy after seeing this film. I loved the message of this film and it was close to my heart and I believe that a lot of people will be able to relate to it. Overall, this is the best film I have seen this year and you will have a magical time if you decide to see it.
This film is definitely worth seeing and telling others about. I really did not expect it to be as good as it was I mean it was absolutely magical. We all know that Martin Scorsese is a great director but I did not expect this kind of film from him, it is the most personal film that he has done so far and it is truly magical. I can say with ease that this film is a masterpiece and definitely will be recognized for the Oscars, at least it should be. I have only good things to say about this film and it is very refreshing after so many terrible films that I had to see this year. Overall, it was a great experience and urge everyone to see this brilliant film.
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