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Hugo 2D Movie Review
Hugo Movie Review
Directed by Martin Scorsese
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!