Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Asa Butterfield (Hugo Cabret), Chloë Grace Moretz (Isabelle), Ben Kingsley (Georges Méliès), Sacha Baron Cohen (Station Inspector), Christopher Lee (Monsieur Labisse)
Genre: Adventure – Family
In this cinematic adventure called Hugo, we’re taken back to the thirties and into a Paris railway station. The many clocks there never go out of time, but of course it wouldn’t be that way if it weren’t for the lonely boy who lives behind the walls. Hugo Cabret, an orphan of twelve years old, dedicates his time to maintaining the clocks of the station and stealing parts to repair the mechanical man that his father had found before he died. Convinced that it contains a message from him, Hugo is determined to find the heart-shaped key that makes it work. It is in this pursue that he meets Isabelle, a book lover seeking for adventures, and as the friendship between them grows stronger, they get involved in an intriguing and magical mystery.
There is something about this movie that enchanted me from beginning to end, and it’s how immensely beautiful looks everything in it. The train station, the clock mechanisms, the views of Paris, the automaton… I can find no words to describe how gorgeous they are. The use of 3D this time seems absolutely justified, since far from being merely a marketing device, it adds even more charm to the experience. And as if all that wasn’t enough, the special effects in some scenes (like an incredibly well-done train derailment) are admirable. Well, I think I left it pretty clear, Hugo is visually amazing.
Though this movie is intended for children, it has depth enough as to appeal to adults as well. It includes interesting dialogues and reflections, of which an analogy involving clock mechanisms and our purpose in life has stuck strongly to my memory. Hugo is also a fine tribute to the origins of cinema and the pioneer George Mélièr. I had never heard about him until I watched the movie and later found some articles about him on the Internet. I love when fiction teaches us so much about history, and this is one of those cases.
Another marvel of this movie is its main actor, Asa Butterfield. You’ve probably seen him in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, though this is the first time I ever watched him acting, and I must say I was really impressed at how splendid his performance was. I totally bought his sadness and tears, as well as the joy he expressed through his grins. Chloë Moretz is pretty good too, as in all the other movies I’ve seen her star. The adult cast also deserves some praise, especially Ben Kingsley in his role of George Mélièr.
Finally, I would like to stand out the soundtrack of the film, which is a delight whether you listen to it in the movie or on its own. Composed by Howard Shore, it combines dramatic orchestral music with typical glee French sounds, turning always to the same theme song that unifies the score and makes it work perfectly as a whole.
Watching Hugo was a magical experience like no other. There was close attention put to every detail, and they all merged to form something much greater than the the sum of its parts. But more than anything, it is evident that the people who worked on this movie have put their hearts into it, and that’s what makes it truly unforgettable. ♡
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– Written by GuadiRC –