- Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Ben Kingsley
- Directed by: Martin Scorsese
- Synopsis: Set in 1930s Paris, Hugo is the astonishing adventure of a wily and resourceful boy whose quest to unlock a secret left to him by his father will transform Hugo and all those around him, to reveal a safe and loving place he can call home.
Academy-Award winning director Martin Scorsese (The Departed) delivers a wonderful and inspiring tale of adventure that transports you into a beautiful time period in a beautiful city. So many things about this film scream “wonderment, heartwarming, uniquely fascinating, and just plain good!”
The cast consists of the talent of a cast I would never have thought about piecing together.
- Borat‘s Sacha Baron Cohen
- Shutter Island‘s Emily Mortimer
- Let Me In‘s Chloë Grace Moretz
- Ghandi‘s Ben Kingsley
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas‘ Asa Butterfield
- Sherlock Holmes‘ Jude Law
Aside from a highly impressive cast that truly delivers (Moretz is absolutely delightful; I actually liked Cohen in a film for once; and Asa Butterfield’s performance demands attention and attachment.), Hugo excels in other ways and is a true contender for the upcoming award season. With an absolutely enthralling cinematography, amazing storytelling, and superb musical score, this highly spirited adventure is well-rounded and spreads a belief that, even in tough times, you are not alone and you can overcome!
While the majority of the film focuses on the titular character, it is the unexpected interweaving of his tale with all of the additional characters that makes for a strong story! Not only will your heart begin to be knitted to Hugo’s story, but you will also begin to feel the same about all of the rest of the people in the story…yes, even the hardened station inspector who consistently pursues Hugo.
While Hugo does not keep your entire attention the whole way through (kids may find themselves bored later in the film), and while there is less told about the machine/automaton than may be desired, this film is a Must-See and an amazing adventure to be shared. Nice work, Scorsese! A highly welcomed change from your usual such as the profanity-riddled films The Departed and Goodfellas. This is one the whole family can enjoy! A Beautiful piece of art!
Expect to see Hugo mentioned several times during the upcoming award season.
*I HAVE to mention the amazing 3D in this film! Please watch it in 3D. I’m not always the biggest proponent for the technology, but it really draws you into this film so much. There wasn’t a scene that it didn’t work with in such a great way! (I peeked over my glasses throughout the film and EVERY scene was blurry, they didn’t just do spotty 3D work, it is consistently used for each scene! And it is fantastic!)
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Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!
–TheSp1der’s Score: 4 out of 5 stars for “Hugo”