The more and more I think about Hugo
, the more and more I like the movie. I knew little about the film going into it other than Martin Scorsese is the man behind the camera and my friends who saw it left the theater with high praise.
Scorsese created his first 3D film (and if you’re paying attention has a cameo in it) as an adaptation of a book by Brian Selznick, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.”
I wouldn’t say that I thought Hugo would be “my kind of movie,” but I was pleasantly surprised and definitely think it’s a contender for Best Picture.
Well done, Scorsese, well done. The film has already earned honors
from the National Board of Review, Washington DC Area Film Critics and Nevada Film Critics Society, as well as nominations for the Golden Globes.
It centers on Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield), an orphan boy living in a train station in 1930s Paris with the mission to continue the legacy of his father, (Jude Law). That mission becomes the platform for a more in-depth mystery Hugo needs to solve.
The story and character development build slowly, but not to the point where I lost interest in the direction of the plot. I am hesitant to say more, as is usually the case, because I don’t want to spoil the plot points I didn’t know about before going into the film. Those unknowns definitely added to my enjoyment of Hugo.
I will say that as Hugo embarks on his quest he is met with a nemesis of sorts, Papa Georges, played by Ben Kingsley.
Georges is a toy shop owner in the train station on the surface, but his character has a fascinating past based on a real-life person I knew little about. From there, Hugo is a little bit of a movie within a movie for the viewers.
I enjoyed the supporting performances by Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Chloe Grace Moretz as Hugo’s train-station sidekick, Isabelle, and especially Sacha Baron Cohen as the Station Inspector.
Visually, the film was stunning but perhaps there could have been more 3D tricks. (However, some scenes with the Station Inspector’s dog were a treat in that regard).
The one question I had before watching Hugo is if it would be a story geared more toward kids or adults. I know the answer now: All you need is imagination.