November 27, 2011 2 Comments
Tag Line: Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station, is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.
I went to see this movie with little expectations beyond the fact I was going to see a movie filmed in 3D. I’d seen a preview a few months back, and it did little to pique my interest beyond the special effects. I assumed this would be another cute children’s film, so I was pleasantly surprised to see it was so much more.
HUGO is more about the wonder of storytelling, than it is about a little boy searching for answers he thinks are locked up in an automaton. While the first half of the movie is about young Hugo’s search, in the second half, the audience is treated to the heart-breaking story of the life of Georges Méliès, a person some would consider the first great fantasy film-maker. And yes, I did see the irony of Martin Scorsese, a visionary is movie making himself, directing a movie about this incredible man.
Georges Méliès saw beyond what ‘moving pictures’ were, to what they could be; a new way to tell stories. He is the pioneer of special effects including stop-motion photography, which is the foundation for all early special effects. And he did this during the first decades of the 20th century.
As a children’s show, this movie is not for the very young; but more for the young at heart.
Rating: 4 out of 5