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Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Brian Selznick's award-winning novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret stars Asa Butterfield, as an orphan boy who lives in a Parisian train station. Sent to live with his drunken uncle after his father's death in a fire, Hugo learned how to wind the massive clocks that run throughout the station. When the uncle disappears one day, Hugo decides to maintain the clocks on his own, hoping nobody will catch on to him squatting in the station.His natural aptitude for engineering leads him to steal ...

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Jan 1, 2021

A Journey Of Imagination

Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" is a beautiful to watch period piece of a movie. Set in 1931 in a large Paris railroad station, the movie is a coming of age story for its young protagonist, Hugo Cabret and his friend, Isabelle. Hugo is an orphan who lives in a garret in the upper reaches of the train system and survives largely by petty thefts. He also has great mechanical talent and is working on restoring a mysterious automaton that his father, before his death, had recovered from a museum where it had been stashed in a corner and ignored. Much of the movie centers on young Hugo and his friend arriving at a sense of where their lives will take them.

"Hugo" also is a celebration of the power of the imagination as displayed in the early history of the movies. As the story develops Hugo meets an old pioneer of the movies, Georges, who has been reduced to operating a toy stand in the station. In his young days, Georges had been a magician and then a producer of movies in a palace-like setting. The movies frequently starred his wife, Mamma Jeanne.

A third broad theme of the movie is redemption. Georges, embittered by the loss of his film career and by the apparent indifference of the public towards his efforts receives through his acquaintance with Hugo a measure of recognition and understanding.

The use of 3D movies, replete with the goggles, has all the elements of gimmickry but in Hugo the gimmick works. The goggles help capture the large scenes of clockwork and moving parts in the film as well as the several scenes filmed precariously far from the ground. Through music and lighting as well, the film captures the ambience of Paris and a busy railway station replete with an officious police inspector and many of the shopkeepers at the station. Subplots and love interests add much to the story.

With all the excellent acting and effects in the movie, its main focus for me was in its director, Martin Scorsese. Many of his movies, including "Taxi Driver", "Raging Bull", and "The Gangs of New York" with their focus on the raw, violent character of urban life moved me greatly over the years. In contrast to most of Scorsese's work, "Hugo" has an endearing lightness. It is a movie of creativity, redemption, and hope.

Robin Friedman

Lorin H

Jun 21, 2016

Very Enjoyable Movie

The story of Hugo is interesting. I understand that this movie contains non-fiction and fiction. There is humor, drama, action, mystery and more. The actors are well picked, and I think the acting is excellent. The filming and effects are superb. There is emotion with this movie and some wise thoughts. The scenes, costumes, music, etc. all work together to make a delightful movie.


May 17, 2016

Love this movie!

This was a very interesting movie! Had good twists and turns!

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