Excerpt: Tell me this doesn’t sound like some sort of elaborate hoax. Martin Scorsese, director of some of the finest films like Raging Bull , GoodFellas and Taxi Driver is directing a PG-rated movie based on a children’s book that’s shot in 3D. Sound fishy? Yes? No? Well as we all know, it was true and that film, Hugo was nominated for 11 Academy Awards (of which it won five).
Summary: A delightful effort from start to finish, so different in tone from so much of of Scorsese’s work, but no different in its exuberant love of the medium. Watching it in 3D is ideal, but watching it at all is essential.
Excerpt: The phrase "movie magic" has been bandied about so often that it has become meaningless, just another empty phrase run into the ground. However, there was a time when movie magic was more than a cliché: when the movies were new, when literally no one had ever seen anything like it—not even the people making the movies. Georges Méliès was one of those early pioneers.
Conclusion: Hugo is a masterpiece and Martin Scorsese's first that can be enjoyed by viewers of all ages. A love letter to cinema, an endorsement for film preservation, but, first and foremost, an enchanting, wondrous, and imaginative drama, this is something I highly recommend you seeing and fully anticipate myself revisiting. Paramount's Blu-ray is perhaps the best combination to date of sensory feast and first-rate modern filmmaking.
Conclusion: Yep, the hype machine is real. Hugo is a masterpiece of storytelling and who knew that out of all the directors out there Marty Scorsese would be the one to bring this magical tale of the love for movies to the big screen? Okay, it’s not that far fetched, but Scorsese isn’t known for kids films, if you get my meaning. It’s a bloody shame that Hugo technically bombed at the box-office, but I am sure it will recover those losses on Blu-ray and DVD.
Excerpt: A film like Hugo is ample recompense indeed for the many disappointing films that a reviewer must sometimes sit through. It is easily my choice for the best film released in 2011 that I've had the pleasure to view.
Conclusion: 'Hugo' will forever stand as my choice for Best Picture of 2011 and as another monumental achievement for director Martin Scorsese. At once an endearing family film and a fabulous 3D experience, 'Hugo' is most importantly a love letter to movies - those who make them and those who watch and revere them - produced by a man who does both. It will move, dazzle, and delight anyone who sees it, especially on 3D Blu-ray.
Excerpt: Hugo (Asa Butterfield) inhabits a clock tower, spending his days scrounging for food amidst a bustling Paris train station, and fixing the multitude of gears, clocks, and winding mechanisms. It’s a depressing cry for help in a way, forever seeking a connection with his dead father, and a means of keeping that family life alive internally. Hugo also has a complex, involved automaton.
Excerpt: Damnit, Martin Scorsese. How are we supposed to fight the good fight against the corruption of American cinema presented by the encroachment of the 3D fad if you're going to go and use it to create a film as utterly delightful as Hugo ? Early in the film, Ben Kingsley's Georges sits sadly at the counter of his magic shop, absently playing with a windup toy.
Excerpt: By now, the story of Martin Scorsese has become legend: As an asthmatic kid, he watched from his bedroom window in Little Italy as other children played on the street, and he retreated into the fantastical worlds conjured up by filmmakers like Alexander Korda. Based on Brian Selznick’s popular illustrated book The Invention Of Hugo Cabret , Scorsese’s enchanting Hugo burnishes that legend, filtering a whimsical half-fiction about silent pioneer Georges Méliès through a...