Hugo (Flick’s Review)

Posted on | November 22, 2011 | 2 Comments

4 stars out of 5 stars

A boy named Hugo Cabret maintains clocks in a train station in Paris. His father is dead and he is all alone. But when he meets a young girl named Isabelle and her godparents, George Méliès and Mama Jeanne, his life is changed forever. Hugo is trying to fix an automaton that his father found in a museum where he worked. Mysteries, prisons, filmmakers, and friends await Hugo.

Hugo is an experience. The acting is superb, the cinematography splendid, the sets lavish and the music graceful. Ben Kingsley’s performance is Oscar worthy. Asa Butterfield and Chloë Grace Moretz’s performances are also  great. The only actor in the film that I didn’t like was Sacha Baron Cohen as the station inspector. None of the jokes in the film worked and almost all of them revolved around him. The character of the station inspector is supposed to be a threat to Hugo therefore making him a menacing character so to have him being involved in the most jokes doesn’t help. Other then Kingsley the best part about this film is the combination of the cinematography and the 3-D which is enchanting,  especially when the camera zooms through the train station or when you see Hugo in the clocks.

I have read the original book The Invention of Hugo Cabret and I think the film is not as dark as the book, which is suprising, because the film is directed by Martin Scorsesse who is known for such critically acclaimed films as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. Yes, I know that Scorsesse wants kids to see this film, but would it hurt to make the film as dark as the book? Despite my opinion there is one scene where Hugo comes out of a dream only to find himself in yet another dream where he finds himself turning into a machine that is even more disturbing than the first.

This is probably one of my top five favorite films of the year. This is my first Scorsese film  (I don’t think I’ll be seeing another one anytime soon). I found it interesting that Scorsese chose to show clips from old and silent films. I hope the masses of people that see this film will be intrigued to these silent films. This is not a perfect film, but it’s pretty close.

My favorite character is Hugo because I think it is interesting that at the beginning of the film he is a thief and is all alone but at the end of the film, he has made several friends and has learned many lessons.

My favorite scene is when George Méliès tells the story of his life because it demonstrates the power of Kingsley’s performance and also taught me more about Méliès’ films.

Hugo is rated PG and I agree.

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Produced by: Johnny Depp, Tim Headington and Graham King

Written by: John Logan

Ben Kingsley: Georges Méliès
Sacha Baron Cohen: Station inspector
Asa Butterfield: Hugo Cabret
Chloë Grace Moretz: Isabelle
Ray Winstone: Uncle Claude
Emily Mortimer: Lisette
Christopher Lee: Monsieur Labisse
Helen McCrory: Mama Jeanne


2 Responses to “Hugo (Flick’s Review)”

  1. Abid
    November 25th, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

    This is a good review, though I have not seen the movie yet. I will try to see it. Your thoughtful criticism of the movie is impressive. I will look to see why the station inspector is on the dislike list.

  2. flickflack
    November 27th, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    Many critics are agreeing that the station inspector is by far the worst part of the film. My only other complaint that I have of the film is that Martin Scorsese’s adaption was not as dark as the book. The book is not exactly it’s just that Scorsese excludes the edgier parts of the book. For example when Isabelle almost gets crushed by the people at the train station but is then saved by Hugo, Scorsese changed the entire scene. In the book Hugo saves Isabelle and then sees that she has a key on a necklace around her neck. Hugo recognises the heart shape of the key from the slot in the automaton. Hugo then hugs Isabelle and steals the key at the same time. In the film the same happens except instead of Hugo stealing the key he takes Isabelle to the clocktower. I prefer the book version.
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