innovativecommunications.tv Martin Scorsese is not the first name that comes to mind when you think “Family Film”-but his “Hugo” is a masterpiece. I’m Keith Kelly, and my review is coming up right now.
“Hugo” follows the adventures of an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station in 1930’s Paris. It’s part Dickens, part mystery, as young Hugo tries to survive on his own, while also attempting to unravel the secret behind an old mechanical man his late dad discovered. In my aim to remain spoiler free I won’t reveal too much more of the plot.
“Hugo” was one of my favorite films of the year. It’s beautiful, emotional, artistic and moving. It’s filled with wonderfully intriguing performances from top to bottom, including the deeply expressive Asa Butterfield as the title character, Chloe Grace Moretz as Isabelle, his young adventurous companion, Ben Kingsley as enigmatic papa George, and standout Sacha Baron Cohen as the silly and sad station inspector. The film is literally told from the eyes of a child, and so it’s filled with wonderment, imagination and bewilderment. The world Scorsese created is bigger than life-both magical and scary, and is fully realized in the mechanical set designs brought completely to life with some of the best 3D treatments I’ve seen at the theatre.
Hugo is also a film about film, and how a filmmaker can combine technology, dreams and passion to create visual art that moves and inspires people and touches lives for generations. It’s also about finding and holding onto your purpose in life-if you lose your purpose, it’s like you are broken.
I could go on and on about how well this film works on so many levels. It’s not just a “family film”-it’s an extraordinary and visually stunning film. Make sure to see it in 3D-as the depth and life given by the artistic use of this device is breathtaking. “Hugo” is a treasure and triumph of filmmaking, and is bound to be a classic for generations to come.
I give “Hugo”, based on the book by Brian Selznick, and one of Martin Scorsese’s best efforts, a grade of “A+”. I’m Keith Kelly.
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