Visually magnificent with a very lacklustre storyline
6 December 2011
Summary: I was very excited to see Hugo; the hype was big. I heard Ben Kingsley on the radio talking about it and he drew me in. However, after the initial majestic sweep of magnificent 3D technology and a marvellous re-enactment of early 20th century Gare de Nord in Paris, the story just fell flat. It fell flat within ten minutes and that surprised me.
Summary: At the start of this film the viewer may well feel an extreme sense of excitement at the layer upon layer of complex imagery. It is fabulous and almost overwhelming. But after half an hour of it one is desperate for a good plot and great acting, and in these two areas this film is sadly lacking. Surely a director of Scorceses stature must have noticed how wooden his actors were and how dull the storyline was.