Movie Review – Hugo

Posted: June 2, 2013 in Movie Reviews
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As rightly said by the critics Hugo is a film to be watched by everyone who loves films. I don’t need any specific reason to watch a Scorsese movie but having discovered that it’s Scorsese’s tribute it was an icing on the cake. Generally I don’t tend to follow a movie prior to its release but somehow I got this news. Watching a movie with no knowledge about it holds a surprise or two for me. Intellect is boring. But to watch this film intellect is necessary. It’s a film by Scorsese for people like me who think that innocence is lost from the soul. He helped me realize there still is a certain amount of innocence left in me.


No film has used 3D this perfectly. Yes that includes Avatar, the best 3D film till date. But that’s for the visuals. Here Scorsese has used 3D not to enhance visuals but to enhance storytelling. Invention when given to a good mind would have this effect. He has used the highest form of technology with amazing visual effects and made a very old story in a good old fashion. Old wine in old bottle does feel good. Above all it is authentic. You can’t help but fall in love with the film in first fifteen minutes, before you see the title. Many have neglected this movie as only gloss and no story but there is, look the story from each characters point of view. It’s the story which you’ve seen already alright but isn’t there anyone who likes to look back that old album which gives us those beautiful memories.

Hugo (Asa Butterfield) is a kid in his adolescence and like every adolescent kid is in a phase where he is curious about everything and loves his dad, patronizing him as his only hero. His dad dies in a freak accident but he doesn’t have much time to realize it as his uncle takes him away to work behind the clock. Hugo is not a kid who sits and laments, his age helps him in this, and he quickly forgets the incident and comes out the gloom. Takes this opportunity of working in the clock tower and fine tunes the Automaton which his dad has left for him.We should learn from Hugo how to lead life in an optimistic way. He’s similar to Nagesh in EdhirNeechal but only without the maturity.

Isabelle (Chloë Grace Moretz), a less intuitive kid becomes friend of Hugo so that she could help him with the lost diary. She doesn’t mince with words. She helps him because she wants some adventure in life. See the drastic difference in characters. For Hugo adventure is a daily bread. All he wants is to rest in peace in a nice cozy bed with people to look after him whereas Isabelle who lives the life Hugo wants to tries desperately to get out of her godfather’s hold so that she can see the real world.

Isabelle takes her to library and introduces to her world of imagining things. Hugo takes her to movies and shows her how imagination looks like. Isabelle is beautiful as well as brilliant in those scenes where she exhibits the happiness which a kid gets while seeing something beautiful. Hugo tries to be that mature kid who knows everything which looks innocent and cute. For someone who has to imagine everything Isabelle finds movies fascinating where she can sit back and see what’s happening but still gets certain amount of thrill. The train scene in 3D would have looked brilliant, Hugo adds to my list of movies which I failed to see in theatres, only I’m to be blamed.

Papa Georges (Ben Kingsley), whose life is certainly deteriorated lives a gloomy life with his wife Jeanne d’Alcy (Helen McCrory). As a toy shop owner he gets harsh with Hugo for stealing certain things. Only when he explains his past life of making movies we get know why he’s in such a sorry state. Mama Jeanne needs to be appreciated here. When she was an actress she had loved Georges and they had had a good relationship. She has continued to respect his husband even after his downfall by being a pillar of support. It’d have been impossible for Georges to have crossed all this hardships without Jeanne’s support.

We see three peoples life, their dreams getting intertwined. As an ex-director his stand of not letting her granddaughter is understandable. He doesn’t want her to know that he’s a lost bet. But on the other hand Isabelle knows what a visionary George has been. Hugo helps her to get to know about him and in the process rectifies automaton.

There are certain moments in the film which pays tribute to good old thrill scenes, especially the scene where Isabelle stands on a chair searching for a box and Hugo hanging on the clock. The French background helped the film in a great deal. Even I think Frenchmen are the most passionate people when it comes to art. Scorsese too would have realized that. The story of adolescents, kids have fascinated French people, especially Truffaut. Maybe, an adolescent character was purposely chosen by Scorsese to portray on screen.


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