Monday, February 20, 2012

Hugo: Late Movie Review.


Cast: Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley

Writers: John Logan(screenplay), Brian Selznick(book)

Director: Martin Scorsese

**** out of four.

   (Theatrical Poster Curtosey of Paramount Pictures. Image Link)

This is the perfect example of how to do a family movie correctly. Instead of just focusing on what you think kids would like. You put effort into completing a movie that everyone will like. Also don't underestimate your audience either. Don't assume that just because they are under ten that they will not be able to understand it. This is the only family movie out there that will appeal to just about everyone and not just kids alone.

Discovering how the story unfolds is the most fun part about it,so I'm not going to reveal  lot of plot details.  I know you may think that this is a cop out on my part but I never like to spoil anything about a movie. No matter how trivial or mundane it may seem. I will however tell you that movie begins with a boy named Hugo(Asa Butterfield) who is busy trying to find parts for a mechanical doll that his dad(Jude Law) left him. Living in the clock tower of a train station, he must avoid the station inspector(Sacha Baron Cohen) who will turn him over to an orphanage if he is caught.  The parts he collects will lead him on a quest to a wonderful discovery.

(Trailer Curtosey of Paramount Pictures)

The cast in this is really quite remarkable. I have never seen Asa Butterfield in anything else before, but will certainly keep an eye out for his other future works. He had a role in "The Boy with the Striped Pajamas" but will have to wait on that one after watching the trailer.   It's no doubt that both Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz are good in this, but the one cast member that really stood out for me was Sacha Baron Cohen. His character of the train conductor is being sold as the bumbling idiot in the trailer.  But  there are more insights into his personality that are not shown. Don't assume that just because he is known for his wild comedic roles that he can't be engaging as a dramatic actor.

This is the fist time Martin Scorsese has done a movie in 3D and the shots he does with cinematographer Robert Richardson are quite remarkable. I think. I really can't see movies in 3D because of my lazy eye but I was still impressed at what I saw. There is one continuous shot from one clock to the next that was really great to see on the big screen.  Another was several recreations of cinema's greatest moments.  The score by Howard Shore was also very nice because it added  to the emotion of a particular scene instead of overpowering it.

                   (Photo Curtosey of Paramount Pictures.  Image Link)

I'm still surprised to this day that it didn't do so well at the box office as it should. Apparently audiences were more interested in taking their families to see sequels that feature singing rodents or reissues of movies that were being released on Blue-Ray in less than a week.  I know I might get some flack for saying this but I would compare "Hugo" to "The Wizard of Oz". Both movies are set in a lush beautiful world and feature a wide variety of diffrent characters.  Plus it shares the same themes of trying to find a home.  If it isn't now, it will soon become a timeless classic.

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