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Movie Review: Hugo

posted Jun 9, 2012, 11:25 PM by Golden Knight   [ updated Jun 10, 2012, 12:19 AM ]
By Alex Sy


Martin Scorsese is one of the most renowned movie directors of his time, with having directed award winning classical movies; such as Raging Bull, The Departed, and Shutter Island; all of which are rated R movies. Now, Martin Scorsese steps out of his norm and introduces his very first family film, Hugo. Martin Scorsese demonstrated his flexibility to directing movies by creating another masterpiece that will go down as one of the greatest movies he has ever directed.

The movie is about a young boy named Hugo Cabret who takes residence in a train station in Paris, France. He lives in the interior of the train station, fixing and managing the clocks in order to hide his identity and avoid being sent to the orphanage by the station inspector. In his free time he works on fixing an automaton, which belonged to his father. Hugo believes that there is a message from his deceased father inside the automaton’s workings. While collecting parts for the automaton, Hugo encounters a toy shop owner who will change the direction of his life. Through that instance, he will eventually meet his adopted daughter, Isabelle, who will spark the adventure to discover the secrets within the automaton and uncover the history of movie making.

Hugo is a movie unlike any other movie ever created. Hugo is a kids movie not for the kids and is more suited for adult and teen audiences as it requires more developed minds to understand the plot structure. The film has garnered criticism in the beginning, as critics say that it takes too long to get to the “good stuff”. I personally loved the whole movie, but if the beginning bothers you, it is worth it in the end. The movie’s plot and ending is amazing to watch and uncover.

The actors’ performances in the film are outstanding. Asa Butterfield is an amazing child actor that best fits the role of Hugo Cabret. Chloe Mortez fits the fun and adventurer loving girl, Isabelle. Ben Kingsley’s acting is an amazing triumph over drama and his character evokes feelings of sympathy from the audience. Sacha Baron Cohen has shown another side to his acting. The former lead of Borat shows his British accent and his serious side as an actor.

The film MUST be seen in 3D. Martin Scorsese has integrated 3D to the film and it is not simply used as a gimmick. Scenes that contain objects or monuments like the Eiffel Tower pop out and is extremely enjoyable to look at. The scenes look and feel real. The soundtrack is beautiful and fits the film as it is enjoyable just to listen to alone.

Hugo was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 5. Hugo deserved all of its nominations and deserved more of its awards, especially Best Director and Best Film. This film thanks the creators of film making and Hugo is simply a film that loves films. I love this film and I know it is too soon to say that it is top 10 worthy but it has at least entered the conversation to be called “One of the Greatest Movies of All Time”. A