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Mini-Review for HUGO

December 2, 2011

Hugo

  • 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.
  • Trailer:

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!)

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!

TheSp1der’s Score: 4 out of 5 stars for “Hugo

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2011 12:11 pm

    I gave this a perfect score, but I must admit, I love Scorsese ALMOST as much as Roger Ebert does 😉

    Nice review!

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    • December 3, 2011 6:21 am

      Thanks Matt! I really enjoyed Hugo very much!

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  2. Ted S. permalink
    December 2, 2011 3:38 pm

    I really want to see this film, Scorsese hasn’t made a bad film in the last few years.

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    • December 3, 2011 6:21 am

      I recommend checking it out Ted! It really is fantastic! Scorsese delivered again!

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  3. December 2, 2011 4:44 pm

    I like how you put it, Spider – “So many things about this film scream “wonderment, heartwarming, uniquely fascinating, and just plain good!””

    Ok, check this. You’re right. But in my opinion this movie was so busy “screaming” wonderment, heartwarming, uniquely fascinating, and just plain good that I didn’t connect with the wonder, my heart wasn’t as warmed as it should have been and… well, it was good, I cant say it wasnt good… but trust me, you wont be able to throw a rock and not hit someone calling it great by the end of next month, and I just didnt find it to be quite as phenomenal as it was trying to convince me it was.

    Hope that made sense.

    It is gorgeous though, and youre right, it has GREAT 3d.

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    • December 3, 2011 6:24 am

      Dan, your comment made complete sense to me! for me, hence the reason it didn’t receive the perfect score, it had a few opportunities like I listed, but…like you said, it was good!

      and gorgeous! I was very impressed with the 3D.

      Thanks for commenting today!

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  4. December 3, 2011 4:34 am

    I completely agree with you, it was magical! A really good movie delivered by Scorsese! Great review!

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    • December 3, 2011 6:25 am

      Diana, thanks for stopping by again and checking out this review. Hugo was amazing! Glad that you liked it.

      It is a good thing when so many movie reviewers have similar things to say, and all I have read about Hugo has been fantastic!

      thanks!

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  5. December 3, 2011 5:03 pm

    I’m planning to review this tomorrow, too. Glad you enjoyed this T, yeah the 3D is very smooth which is nice to see. Gorgeous scenery throughout and I so love the era this movie is set in.

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    • December 4, 2011 6:12 pm

      Look forward to reading it. Glad you saw this in 3D. I wasn’t sure of your thoughts on 3D in general…and this one was a good one!

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  6. December 6, 2011 3:03 pm

    I’m hoping to see this tomorrow and I’ve got very, very high hopes for it. I usually see movies in 2D but, as you’re not the first person to suggest seeing it in 3D, I’ll make an exception!

    Great review, T.

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    • December 6, 2011 6:32 pm

      I will be interested in your thoughts! Thanks for reading! Oh! I am excited that you will watch it in 3D. That will be so worth it.

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