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Lessons from Hugo

Updated on February 25, 2012

It's the eve of the Oscars and many film buffs will be watching all the glitz and glamour the show is known for. If you have seen all the awards shows preceeding movie's biggest night, more or less you will know who is going to walk away with the golden statue. This article is not about predicting who is going to win. This is about highlighting the lessons learned after seeing one of the best picture nominees, Hugo. The movie pays homage to one of the most revered filmmakers of all time, George Melies. George owns a toy shop in Paris and meets a boy named Hugo who steals from his shop. When Hugo gets caught, George took away Hugo's notebook that was filled with pictures of a robot that Hugo and his father kept. Hugo befriended George in order to get his notebook back. Hugo meets George's godchild Isabelle and together, they unlocked a mystery that has been kept for years.

It's an animation with a heart-tugging plot that captures the history of cinema. Valuable lessons were shared through the vision of Martin Scorsese.

1. We all have a purpose in life- All people born into this world are here for a reason. If we don't know what our purpose is, we are broken. Hugo Cabret fixes broken things. By putting together the parts of a broken toy, he realized that every part has a purpose and we have to find what is missing in our lives by having a purpose.

2. Make peace with your past- George has been hurting all these years because his invention was taken to a museum after he was presumed dead. He held the story in his heart for too long until he connected with Hugo. The discovery led to Hugo giving back George's robot to his life. If you make peace with your past, it will bring closure and everything will fall into place.

3. Less is more- Technology has evolved over the years including film making. When silent pictures were all the rage, people flocked to the theater to see the simplicity that the film offered. Times have changed and people's tastes have changed. Film goers now watch films with bombastic special effects in 3D. Sometimes it's wise to go back to old school and observe how people communicated and expressed their emotions when life was simpler. The actors never used words during the silent film era, but people loved the genre because it reflected how people lived in a world where interaction was plain and simple.

4. Reading fosters creativity- In the movie, Isabelle loved going to the library because books were a way to satisfy her curiosity including digging up on her godfather's past. She hungered for knowledge and that sparked her interest in writing stories. Children nowadays hardly read books. One way to foster creativity is through reading. Whatever career path you decide to take, reading will lead you to success.

5. Dream- Everybody loves to dream. Following your dreams is a cliche that most people overlook. Doing what you love most is important in searching for happiness. If you follow your dreams, then you wouldn't have to work a day in your life.

6. Unlock your heart- Humans have the tendency to be mechanical. When you function like a machine that does the same routines every day, you forget how to feel. We don't pay attention to our feelings and the people around us. We may be a well-oiled machine, but we can't live a good life if we don't have an open heart.

Hugo is both a visual splendor and a first-rate storyteller. The movie gratifies moviegoers' insatiable appetite for the movies. It will go down in history as one of Hollywood's finest treasures.


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