In yet another movie that should be getting more credit over the ever dreadful Twilight saga, Hugo is beautifully shot, wonderfully written, and gives you a warm feeling in your heart that was pulled out and stepped on during Breaking Dawn (last Twilight joke for this review I promise).
Martin Scorsese treads into family film water with his latest film, Hugo. It also marks his first time using 3-D technology in a movie which in pre-release begged the question: Could he succeed with 3-D? Well the answer is a resounding yes and much more. In a 3-D film that should now set the bar for the future, Hugo not only makes a feel like we are seeing Paris, it makes us feel inside Paris and its mysticism. Set in the 1930s the film follows young Hugo Cabret (played very well by newcomer Asa Butterfield) who is a orphan living in a train station as well as working the clocks all around the building. The story opens up with the introduction of easily the most interesting character of the film and that is George Melies (who is played astoundingly by Ben Kingsley) who is scolding Hugo for trying to steal one of his toys at his little shop in the station. This leads Hugo to empty his pockets and for Melies to take all of his possessions in the pockets. Coincidentally a very important book of Hugo’s is in his pocket and when seeing it it creates a odd reaction from Melies that ends up in him almost exploding in an angry rage. Hugo heads back up to his room where we are introduced to his deceased father (played in flashback by Jude Law) who gives the audience a glimpse at the toy that Hugo holds dearest to him, a robot who was used by magicians to do ordinary human functions but it was more interesting coming from a robot. This particular one can write something when all the pieces are put back together which is a problem for Hugo and his father since the robot is in bad shape. But his father dies in a fire prior to finishing the robot which leaves Hugo with his drunk uncle. I don’t want to tell the whole story to you but just give some detail so you won’t go in completely lame to the story as I was. This movie gets you with that warm-hearted humor and storytelling that makes you glad to be going to the movies again. The 3-D is worth the extra cash and adds an element to the film that makes it that much better. The other actors such as Chloe Grace-Moretz as Isabelle, Sacha Baron Cohen as the Station Inspector and Helen McCrory as Mama Jeanne are also well-rounded and work well with the movie. The stand-out out of those three is easily Baron Cohen who steals the show every time he is on screen as the mean station inspector. He interjects some light humor as well as some heart at the end that makes you root for the character even if he is after Hugo. In conclusion, Hugo is one of the year’s best and should get some Best Picture consideration at the Oscars. It’s yet another masterpiece by Scorsese and is a must see for those who actually have taste in movies and don’t sell out to Twilight filth. (Sorry had to get one more in.)