Jordy's Reviews: Hugo (2011)
My 10-year-old nephew Jordy, a fan of Hitchcock, takes on Scorsese...
Hugo is an amazing, spectacular film that is charming, dark, and quite amusing, at the same time. Itís a book of spectacular stories, amazing characters, and is a gift for the ages.
Hugo is the story of an orphan who lives in a clock at a train station. He steals many things and likes to tinker with many things and tries to fix the automaton that his father tried to fix before he was killed in a fire. His notes of the automaton are taken by a toy shop owner which Hugo has previously stolen from. He makes friends with the toy shop ownerís goddaughter, and they have an adventure beyond what you normally expect from an adventure. The movie's slow pacing will not bore the kids, and they will also not be bored by the absence of action, hopefully.
Most people will get immersed in the story of Hugo and find themselves leaving the theatre with a smile, the smile a reminder of the magic of Hugo. The music is magical, with the entire score impressing. The script is fantastic, with every sentence putting a charm on you. The acting of the entire ensemble cast was very impressive. The camera is great, with a perfect display of whatís happening. Oh, and for a movie that was made in 3D, it passes the test, for although you should not expect the 3D to pop out as if it was an action movie, because the 3D, instead of throwing it in randomly, like most 3D movies, it uses it only for being literal, which is fantastic.
You will find yourself caring about the characters, and get nervous for the characters in the rare action scenes to come. Itís a hard movie to get right, but the whole crew nailed it, and pulled off a masterpiece of filmmaking that is hard to beat. Oh, and if youíre reading this review and you still havenít seen this movie, go see it! Itís one of the best of 2011, and I mean it.
Uncle Erik's review of “Hugo” here.