Hugo

Hugo

3.5 246 Ratings

Directed by : Martin Scorsese

Release Date : | Length : 126 Minutes

  • Critics Rating 4.3/5
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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.

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“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

Visually Arresting yet emotinally shallow

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Hugo, Martin Scorseses foray into 3D and movie making sans dark characters and DiCaprio, wows the senses but falls short of charming the mind.

Hugo (Asa Butterfield) is an orphan who inherits a clock mannequin from his father Jude Law. Hugo lives in a 1930s railway station, where his father used to run a network of clocks. He is constantly hounded by the station master, meets a geeky lil girl, and a maverick filmmaker played by Ben Kingsley who introduces the two kids to the magical world of cinema. Through the kids wonder struck eyes, Scorsese pays homage to the greats who started the art of movie making centuries ago.

Hugo is a clear departure from Scorseses earlier films- the story is made for kids, the format is 3D and the film has a distinct sense of warm nostalgia. He manages to create an amazing visual spectacle- painstakingly made sets meant to leverage the third dimension to the fullest make for the most visually arresting 3D experience since Avatar.

A passion for cinema and the craft of movie making manifests into the beautiful scenes from old classics restored masterfully and put across in a heartwarming manner. While the technical wizardly at display is indeed impressive, one wishes Scorseses penchant for gritty appealing characters and inventive pace of storytelling found its way into the enterprise as well.

Hugo plods through its running length. The story, with its old world charm and pace, has very little to engage kids fed regularly on diet of fast witty capers like Madagascar or even Avengers.

For adults, the 3D experience is unique, but not enough to invest emotionally and connect with the film-something that has always been the hallmark of a Scorsese movie.

Performance wise, the two kids and Ben Kingsley are in top form, yet much that they have to do is run around in a magical world of the railway station, with little emotional depth to their actions or intentions being evident.

All through the latter half, Scorsese compares cinema to the world of magic tricks and magicians. Sadly, Hugo remains a stand-alone magic trick throughout- one that amazes you but does not immerse the mind enough to leave a lasting impression.

Watch it for the visual brilliance, expect little in terms of a connect and you would come out satisfied, for this is the most un-Scorsese that the director has ever been in a long long time.