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Gabe's Movie Reviews (454)

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Hugo 
Magical!!!
3/4 stars

A truly magical movie! Going into this I had no expectations at all, in fact I knew absolutely nothing about this film. I think this gets the award for my surprise film of 2011. It was fantastic and it just proves the Martin Scorcese is one of the greatest directors of this time or any time. He is a master of his craft. I love the realization on the children's faces when they realize who Isabelle's (Chloe Grace Moretz) Godfather really is. Best foreshadowing goes to the theatre scene, when the children are watching Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor's famous clock scene from their 1923 film starring Harold Lloyd "Safety Last." Then, later in the film Hugo (Asa Butterfield) has to re-enact it. One complaint about the scenes involving Melies' as a director, according to Wikipedia (take it with a grain of salt), "because colors would often photograph in unexpected ways on black and white film, all sets, costumes and actors' makeup were colored in different tones of gray." Not the beautiful colors that Scorcese choose. See this now and let the magic begin.


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