December 12, 2011

Little Orphan Hugo

I was apprehensive about watching Hugo in 3D, but after seeing just the opening sequence, I realized Martin Scorsese could not have done it any other way. Based on Brian Selznick's book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, it is a wondrous spectacle and a unique creation. All the images are fanciful and astounding. This is not your typical Scorsese film, but will definitely be considered one of his greatest masterpieces.

It tells the story of Hugo (Asa Butterfield), an orphan who keeps all the clocks running at a Paris railway station. His recently deceased clockmaker father (Jude Law) left him an automaton which he is now trying to fix by thieving from a grumpy old toy shop proprietor (Ben Kingsley). He is constantly on the run from the Station Inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen).

The station itself is populated by colorful characters like Monsieur Labisse (Christopher Lee), Madame Emilie (Frances dela Tour), Monsieur Frick (Richard Griffiths), and Lisette (Emily Mortimer). He meets Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz), who helps him solve the mystery of the mechanical man and leads him to legendary filmmaker Georges Melies. This is when fact and fiction meld, but where this magical film finds its heart and soul . It is a joyous and sentimental tale about finding love and a place to call home. It is Mr. Scorsese's astonishing homage to another visionary director and the power of art---cinema in particular---to affect and transform audiences. From this movie lover, thanks Marty for your genius!

(photo from Movie Web)


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