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.
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 is a special movie that's a tribute to the medium and perhaps the greatest accomplishment of one of the most accomplished filmmakers to ever step behind a camera. Martin Scorsese's Hugo mesmerizes from beginning to end with its scope, authenticity, completeness, warmth, sincerity, and attention to detail. The movie has been faultlessly crafted, seamlessly realized, and amazingly acted.
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...
Conclusion: It may be too rarefied for kids raised on rapping penguins and Chipmunks sequels, but offers excitement and enchantment in equal measure and is likely to become a lasting favourite. Scorsese is film historian enough to recreate early cinema in perfect detail, but Hugo's plot is set in motion by a heart-shaped key. This is a great director's greatest love story.