Whats it about? In Paris of 1930s an orphan boy Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) hides in a train station winding its clocks. The search for a key for a robotic machine picked up by his deceased father sets him on an adventure that celebrates the magic of movies.
How is it? Brilliant, Biutiful and Magical
My take Quite honestly my first reaction to the trailer was why is Scorsese going the Spielberg way? Then I got to know that this is his celebration of cinema. Just that much information was enough for me to wait with bated breath to experience it on the big screen in 3D. Scorsese uses 3D for the first time and sets a benchmark for all the filmmakers who think in 3D these days. My suggestion to them is if you cant match this or beat this experience in 3D then dont make it.
I am the happiest when the lights go dim in a theatre and the magic of cinema starts unspooling on the big white screen and Hugo gives me a reason to keep believing in the magic of cinema. Some movies are meant to be seen on the big screen and this is one of them. The experience can never, I repeat, can never be experienced on a laptop, a dvd or even a blu ray. Asa Butterfield as Hugo can come across as a reflection of your childhood. Images of your memories associated with cinema will start floating in your head as soon as the film gets over. The only complaint I have about the film is it doesnt hit hard emotionally like Cinema Paradiso or the recently released Harishchandrachi Factory and The Artist. But it towers above all of them as an audio visual experience. I am waiting to see if this film manages to inspire a kid to enter the world of movie making.
Word of mouth Hugo is a magical experience that will not be forgotten for a long long time.
Rating - **** (Great)
Ticket Meter Worth every penny of a ticket price.