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Hugo

A movie directed by Martin Scorsese

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Another 'Age of Innocence'

  • Jan 11, 2012
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Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' is his first family friendly entertainment, but just like all of his endeavors, his film pays dirt. Filled with passion, innocence, yet shrouded in mystery, 'Hugo' works well by its own merits, but, having seen it in 3-D, it can't be said enough how much the enchanting story unfolds like a flowing pop-up book. (While 'Avatar' wins the prize for being elaborate, 'Hugo's 3-D experience is more worthwhile, my best to date.)

It is the camera lens that gives us such a wide-eyed (pun intended) view about an orphaned boy who works the clocks at a Parisian train station while trying to uncode a message from his late father. Besides his dire circumstances, he must contend with two nemeses: One is from the toy vendor (Ben Kingsley) at one of the train's stands and a policeman (Sacha Baron Cohen) who patrols the depot and is fond of coralling wayward orphans.

The story is embellished by some love interests, including an unlikely girl who becomes Hugo's companion, a flower vendor (Emily Mortimer), and the toy purveyor's wife.

Not only do the 3-D effects unveil some breathtaking cinematography, but the way both the screenwriter and Scorsese unfold secret messages, secret identities, and secret hideaways, make for a treasure chest of a movie.

As has been stated elsewhere, 'Hugo' is a tribute to moviemaking, but it does its best work by its own merits. 'Hugo' is a triumph of filmaking and antecedently a tribute to all the geniuses, particularly one early one, who have made films a worthy and sometimes thrilling art form.
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January 12, 2012
Great write-up! I'm not usually a fan of 3D, usually it ends up being a waste but, this sounds like a must-see in 3D. Thanks for sharing :)
January 13, 2012
Thank you, djevoke, I hope you enjoy it.
 
January 12, 2012
Great pictures !
January 12, 2012
I picked them out from the Internet application they neatly put here at Lunch. Thanks for tour kind remarks and your votes.
January 12, 2012
You are very welcome.
 
January 11, 2012
I'm glad you finally saw this film, and that you appreciated it for its story and breathtaking cinematography. I found the experience captivating, not just for the story, but also for the 3D, a process I normally consider unnecessary. I knew it had to have a place on my annual best of list.
January 12, 2012
I knew I could trust you and some of the other critics. I really love Scorsese's films, and I knew this one would be a great film. It will be up there with my favorites. J P
 
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Director: Martin Scorsese
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Release Date: 23 November 2011 (USA)
Screen Writer: John Logan, Brian Selznick
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