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Hugo (2011)

November. 23,2011
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Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo's job is to oil and maintain the station's clocks, but to him, his more important task is to protect a broken automaton and notebook left to him by his late father. Accompanied by the goddaughter of an embittered toy merchant, Hugo embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of the automaton and find a place he can call home.


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MORE REVIEWS AT booksequalhappiness.blogspot.comI found this movie quite interesting but I did not expect things to go there. I thought it would lead to a magical adventure and not some journey on the past and history. It also had quite a slow pacing. Still, I enjoyed it. It had a beautiful cinematography and it made me feel a lot of things for the characters. It also had a wonderful cast. So many famous actors and Harry Potter cast. I was shocked.


Where Scorsese's others films are rough, he totally shocked me with this lovely children's story. the images are outstanding. the combination of fiction and real history made me interested. that it's about film made me even more weak. the drama and the sad story made it watchable for older watchers, unlike much other children's movies out there. the boy was acting right in my heart. and it's also saying something about Scorsese directing to handle child actors in such a good way and make them so vulnerable on screen.


While Martin Scorses's Hugo was a huge contender at the 2012 Oscars and took home five statuettes, the average audience member will come away from it thinking it was incredibly long and boring. What they don't know is the movie wasn't really made for the average person to appreciate—it was made for those who care about film history and preservation. Although the main hype was to educate people on the importance of film preservation, that message will go over most people's heads.A little boy, Asa Butterfield, lives in a train station, and as he grieves for his father, he feels compelled to solve a mystery involving his late father and others he hasn't yet met. While this is the main plot of the story, it's not executed very well. I saw this movie in the theaters, surrounded by lots of interested people, and hardly anyone could remember the key plot points once the film was over. The movie seems to bank on distracting the audience with very small parts by Sascha Baron Cohen, Emily Mortimer, Helen McCrory, Richard Griffiths, Christopher Lee, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, and Ben Kingsley. None of these people really advance the already thin story, but if they had, the story would have been infinitely more interesting.By the time the old footage of silent movies is shown, audiences have most likely checked out and aren't paying attention. If you're in Hollywood or film school, you'll think this is an essential movie that pays tribute to a wonderful era. If you're an average Joe, you'll think you were ripped off by your ticket price.


Film Review: "Hugo" (2011)Honored with Eleven Academy Award Nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director in regard to Martin Scorsese, who reinvented himself with this film by giving in to deeper emotion and empathy without being sentimental as the one Director of his generation as Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and further Oliver Stone and David Lynch, who divided the emerging so called "New Hollywood" under themselves until it became clear at the beginning of this decade that cinema turns entirely digital by 2020.Director Martin Scorsese proves with "Hugo" that the magic shall be alive even in a realm of full digitization as this picture, even additionally supported by a Fusion 3D camera system under supervision of Academy-Award-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson, who stabilizes the director's vision translated from screenplay writing by John Logan, which misses no beats for motion picture entertainment on the highest level, where every shot had been carefully considered to be part of a 2-hour editorial by Thelma Schoonmaker that leaves no wishes open for audience members of any age."Hugo" surprisingly made its way through the years to be a pitch perfect example of how to use technology in times of confusions to make it a part of a creative process to come further out the restraint looks of lock-up-tables that no one seems to care anymore how color transcends in the viewer's eye to be the primary indicator of a visual perception. Here comes it all together, the highest budget given to Director Martin Scorsese managed by Producer Graham King and further passionate film supporters as actor Johnny Depp himself, sharing-in with an investment from selfly-owned production company Infinitum Nihil earned from the most expensive picture of them all "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (2011) in order to create the ultimate picture on the process of desperation in making films.Then later at the Oscars on February 26th 2012, it became clear from whispers through the ranks that again no other Director worked harder by digesting the given source material as the book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick, to receive a ringing in one's auditorium guest's ear, when the time came to hand-over the Best Director Award for an still retrospectively speaking, the most engaging year of a decade at the movies.© 2017 Felix Alexander Dausend (Cinemajesty Entertainments LLC)