Hugo

Hugo

3.5 245 Ratings

Directed by : Martin Scorsese

Release Date : | Length : 126 Minutes

  • Critics Rating 4.3/5
  • MJ Rating 3.8/5
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Welcome to a magical world of spectacular adventure! When wily and resourceful Hugo discovers a secret left by his father, he unlocks a mystery and embarks on a quest that will transform those around him and lead to a safe and loving place he can call home.

Verdict

“An enchanting story that is brilliantly told! With wonderful acting, awe-striking visuals and heartfelt emotions, everything is in a perfect blend. Don't miss this one!”

Hugo Audience Review

Enchating Visual Experience

| by Rajiv Menon |
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Martin Scorsese surprises all his fans with a lighthearted, wholesome entertainer film, based on the novel by Brian Selznick. Touted to be a family drama, Hugo is a celebration of visual grandeur narrated through the eyes of the protagonist Hugo.

Young, orphaned Hugo has been living in Montparnasse station, Paris ever since his father passed away. He spends his time scurrying through passageways and maintaining clocks. An automaton in his possession is the only way he could revive his childhood memory provided he brings it back to life. With the help of a grouchy shopkeeper Georges and his granddaughter Isabelle, Hugo wriggles into a life changing adventure.

Hugo takes 3D film technology to all new heights and gives you an experience of a lifetime. From the aesthetically flamboyant opening to the last minute, its Scorsese all the way, driving the film with utmost passion and elegance. Martin intelligently hand picks his characters and proves hes still the champion of storytelling.

The automaton is merely used as an object to build the base for the character played by Sir Ben Kingsley. If you watch keenly; both automaton and Georges are similar to each other in one way or the other. The Automaton has aged with time and thus stopped working likewise Georges aka George Mlies, renowned filmmaker is now living life in solitude because time and peoples taste for movies have changed. Hugo is used as a key; a key that will set both automaton and George free and bring them back to life. Brilliant!
As a viewer you can also see Martins passion for early cinema. His reference to George Mlies is clearly how he would like his audience to look at him. His motives were crystal clear; he attempted to recreate the magic that George created in his era.

The characterization was impeccable and top class. Martin picked every character with a purpose and every one of them delivered what they were supposed to deliver. Each character represents different emotions thats part and parcel of our lives. And it helps the audience to connect with the characters effectively than merely seeing them as characters.

Martin takes pain in making every shot, frame convey impeccably rich visual experience. Besides all this technical excellence, Hugo is not one of his best films or even close to a good film. Because, firstly, it doesnt look like a Martin Scorsese film at all and secondly, the whole experience is charming but not captivating.
Finally, Martin leaves everybody in awe by drawing an unambiguous parallel between cinema and magic.

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