Monday, December 12, 2011

Hugo (2011)

Written By John Logan, Brian Selznick (book)
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Starring Asa Buterfield, Ben Kingsley & Chloe Grace Moretz
This was a good movie about a boy in search of his place in the world. Also it was a story about a filmmakers love for movies and his shame of failure. It has a lot of elements and amazing cinematography. The visuals are stunning. The intricacies of the clocks, trains, and devices are clever and complex. It’s a wonderful film for the whole family.
The film has almost no attributes of a Martin Scorsese film and that's not a bad thing. It’s a children’s coming of age story that has little direction or conclusion. The story revolves around an old filmmakers (Ben Kingsley) past. What’s strange is the story of the boy takes a back seat to Kingsley’s character and we learn and feel for Kingsley’s character more then for Hugo (Butterfield's character) ...and this becomes confusing.
Interestingly, the character that steals the show is the train station inspector played by Sacha Baron Cohen. He struggles with his feelings for the girl selling flowers and his strict polices on orphans and thieves when he was an orphan himself. Cohen is a fantastic character actor with and mix of subtlety and slapstick humor that blossoms here. He really shines as a wholesome character in this family film. I personally would like to seem him in more of these kinds of roles.
This film gets mentioned but no rating because it was a good movie to watch. The movie expresses lots of love for the history of film (as I do) and so it has lots of fun and interesting moments that are well done. The film falls short with the main characters’ struggle at over coming obstacles. There's no real thesis or conclusion to this film, it's just kinda good.

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