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Hugo 2D Movie Review

Updated on January 15, 2013

Hugo Movie Review

Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty pick up their Oscar for Best Sound Editing on the Film Hugo
Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty pick up their Oscar for Best Sound Editing on the Film Hugo


Directed by Martin Scorsese

Starring Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Lee

Released in 2011

First off you will see that the title of the review is 'Hugo 2D', yes I am cheap and wanted to save the £1:80! But also, I am yet to see a 3D film that isn't animated that has really worked, apart from Avatar, and let's be honest, there's a little bit of CGI in that one!

Set in a snowy 1930's Paris, the film tells the story of Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield), an Orphan who lives within the walls of a train station and spends his days winding and maintaining the clocks that surround the building. The start of the film shows Hugo making his way through a labyrinth of a mechanical playground that he calls home.

The mystery of the story lies in an Automaton, that was found by his clock mender father (Jude Law) and his unwavering desire to fix the broken machine and unlock the secrets that Hugo is sure will be revealed when life is brought back to it.

As he endeavours to carry out his task, he encounters an old man (Ben Kingsley) who threatens to scupper his efforts. A young girl (Chloe Moretz) who becomes his partner in crime and a Police Inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen) who, if he hasn't been modelled on Officer Crabtree from Allo Allo, then they were seperated at birth!

All in all Hugo serves up a delightfully touching story, that keeps you entertained from start to finish. It has characters that interact well and a setting that makes you wish your train station looked as it did when you're waiting for your ride to work!

My only disappointent is that the role of Hugo, who runs the whole gamut of emotions in the film seems to sometimes be a little bit beyond Asa Butterfield's acting abilities at this time. But when he looks at you with those piercing blue eyes, you forget about those inadequacies very quickly!




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      Sami theshark 4 years ago from Royal Berkshire, UK

      I loved this film and it was this that inspired my 'steampunk' range for jewellery. Would have loved a longer review, especially about the characters but you did this justice :o)

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Hugo is a magical little movie. It offers great humor throughout by Sacha Baron Cohen, and wonderful acting by all the characters especially Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz and Ben Kingsley.

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      gabrielthomas72 5 years ago from Shrewsbury, England

      I haven't read the book but the film was endeering, well told and one really engauged with the characters.

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      KittHill 5 years ago

      I loved the book. My daughter had to read it for her book club and I like to read them so we can discus it. This was a great story and I hope the movie does it justice.

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      gabrielthomas72 5 years ago from Shrewsbury, England

      I was aware of Meiles, but it did open my eyes a lot more to him.

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      thatmovieguy71 5 years ago

      I just recently saw this movie. I decided to pay the extra three bucks and see it in 3D. As 3D movies go, this one is pretty good. As a film buff and amateur film historian, I absolutely loved the ingenius way this movie told the story of Georges Melies and the very early days of moving pictures. I wonder how many people seeing this movie realize that Melies was a real director in the early 1900's, and that some of the footage shown in Hugo was actual footage from Melies films?