Finally! Considering professional basketball is the only sport that a team from my state does well in, consider me excited! The sad part is that this whole mess had to occur in the first place. I mean I feel so terribly bad for the NBA players AND their owners. It must be a huge burden for them to find new places to put all their money because, as we know, we’re running out of land. Maybe they should put them in some underground locker reserved only for millionaire athletes! That’s the ticket! Don’t you see? They were just like the rest of us economically scrimping Americans! I mean they were out of a job! Just like us! It’s a shame none of them took their talent somewhere else such as Hollywood, where one could star in a body-swapping movie with Brandon T. Jackson! Oh, the pain, the agony! The billionaires who were billionaires before buying NBA teams must assuredly be living out of a cardboard box! Mark Cuban doesn’t own ANYTHING else besides the Mavericks and has NO other way to make money. I insist we start GOBM, a charitable organization that Gives Our Billionaires Money! I don’t know what to say. This is Shakespearean tragedy at its finest. But who is Claudius?
Let’s start with my first take on the entertainment business. Hugo is brilliant, but not quite a masterpiece. I’ll leave out the plot for purposes of saving space and so I can get to the meat of the matter. Mr. Scorsese is clever and that’s just one word to describe his directing ability. Scorsese has never been a point and shoot director, he always brings a sense of depth to his shots especially aided by the best use of 3D seen in cinema to this day. His camera swoops in and out of a huge canvas and gets some particularly breathtaking shots of the gears behind clocks. Speaking of clocks, this movie is not very light on the symbolism that lies behind the inner workings of clocks. The movie, and it is explicitly stated, is about fixing things, more particularly the Cinema pioneer played by Ben Kingsley, who has not lost a touch of strength as an actor. The child actors hold up well, but sometimes I could not feel like I heard more expression coming from Asa Butterfield’s (Hugo) voice than I could see from his mouth. The movie is a little odd when it comes to act structure, but it really all dovetails together quite nicely. There’s physical humor for the kids courtesy of Sacha Baron Cohen, who gets an emotional arc of his own. All in all, a brilliant done, emotionally resonant family film.
Change is an interesting word. Some are opposed to it, some are preoccupied by the idea of it. No matter one’s sentiments towards it, change is indubitable, so why don’t we facilitate it now? Nothing radical, but something gradual across all fields-from entertainment to politics. Let’s change things.
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