Full Movie Reviews
Matt - wrote on 08/21/2013
So here's the thing: I may be one of the few people who gets what Hugo is really about and still hates it. Actually, let me rephrase: I greatly dislike the characters. Before I get into that, allow me to back up everything I like and love about the movie.
The cinematography is something to commend beyond an Academy Award. Scorsese makes his tone and theme very clear given the script and does some of his best direction with it. The editing perfectly mirrors the old techniques used in silent films, a motif of the film's story. I especially love the color scheme shown in the Train Station, and the contrast of it everywhere else.
Here's what I don't like: the characters.
Hugo is a whiny little brat who never learns from his mistakes, not to mention he just sounds extremely …
Yojimbo - wrote on 07/26/2013
A young orphan unlocks the secret to the life of a bitter old toy vendor when he tries to steal from his shop. Martin Scorsese tries his very best to ape Jean-Pierre Jeunet in this sickly-sweet homage to the life and work of cinema pioneer Georges Méliès which despite its creative use of 3D and CGI effects and potentially interesting subject matter, just did not work for me. The story centres virtually exclusively around stereotypical urchin Asa Butterfield and his Enid Blyton-esque, jolly hockey-sticks playmate Chloe Moretz and as such the tone of the film is aimed squarely at children. In fact the saccharine soaked, manipulative and oh-so predictable script is very much like that of an animated feature, as is the weakest of the weak slapstick provided by Sacha Baron Cohen whose …
sreekirch - wrote on 10/06/2012
Hugo is a film, that is intended to recognise a great film maker, Georges Milies, a French illusionist turned film maker. His visions and an art of drawing pics and incorporating them into films, were trend base for current use of special effects. The effective screenplay from Logan, and craft piece direction from Scorsese is brilliant. Ben Kingsley is terrific as Milies. A small boy Hugo Cabret played by Butterfield is working hard to discover his father’s secret. Scorsese knows the way to display the film. He uses the best technical staff and delivers a masterpiece. Recollecting, Scorsese’s Shutter Island, and the aviator, he is a director with a vision. Hugo hits emotions and recognizes every character. I can call this a beautiful film.
The plot begins, with a small boy Hugo who …
Gabe - wrote on 04/24/2012
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 …
chrisdye newguy - wrote on 03/25/2012
well we did not go to see this movie in theaters and are kind of sorry we did not you see none of us realy knew what the movie was realy about so there for we did not want to waist the money but we found out fast that it would not have been a waist at all because we all loved the movie very mutch and cloey grace mortez is a very beautiful young lady who if she keeps working as hard as this then she will be sure to get far in the entertainment world she just has so mutch talent and beauty oh yea it is about a boy who lives in a train tower and is also a theif until he meets the lovely isabel and they fall in true love and she convinces him what he is doing is wrong after she uses what he does for a living to get a little adventure for herself she sudenly realises the error in her own …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 02/23/2012
Hugo Cabret is a widowed kid who steals to survive. The automaton is being fixed by Hugo, which was his father's last project. Georges Melies is a toy store owner who notices the talents of Hugo. The film reminded me much of Metropolis and Cinema Paradiso in a way. Its score, cinematography and performances were wonderful. Delightful set pieces and costumes were utilized. Even the screenplay was delightful with quotes from Hugo - "So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason." "Maybe it's the same with people. If you lose your purpose... it's like you're broken. " Lisette - "Don't forget to smile." It had a tasteful ending if only the beginning's build-up was better and that the automaton was given more …
Alex - wrote on 12/11/2011
The story is the best part of this movie. The trailers made it look pretty awful but due to the massive amounts of positive reviews and my affection for Scorsese, I chose to see it.
The Story: Again, the best part. The trailer looks a little dumb and does a poor job of telling what the heck the movie is about. In brief it is about an orphan boy in the 1930s who must keep the clocks working in order to not be found by the police. His only grasp on happiness centers around an unusual toy robot that him and his father were repairing. Still doesn't sound interesting? Put Scorsese behind the camera and tell me what you think. It is told very well.
For me personally, the story was really interesting once the movie became more about movies, rather than about a boy. The history of movies …