Hugo Review

26 Nov

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.

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