Mar 20, 2012

HUGO (2011)

When I first heard about Martin Scorsese was going to direct a family adventure movie, I said to myself I had to check thiz out! As we know before, Scorsese is a Director who is widely known for most of his gangster and violent movies such as “Casino” (1995), “The Departed” (2006) and ”Shutter Island” (2010). Since the opening sequence, we are spoiled with such fantastic panoramic scenery. The dynamic camera movements effectively draw you into the story in a split second, where we follow the daily life of an orphan named Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) in 1930s France. Hugo lives inside the tower clock of a crowded train station. By his curiosity, Hugo has been trying to fix an automaton in human form that his father (Jude Law) left him. Not long after, it takes him to Papa Georges (Ben Kingsley) with his toy booth. The premise is about the mystery behind it. Asa Butterfield, the boy who played in “The Boy in Striped Pajamas” in 2008, seems to be a proper choice for Hugo. His sad blue eyes tell everything. Ben Kingsley also delivers a firm and attractive performance. Only after about an hour, the things become more clearly. Apparently, thiz movie tells about the magical world of movie-making. I have to underline thiz, the whole package is visually stunning! I’m amazed by its remarkable setting, the exotic lighting schemes and the exquisite cinematography. Everything at its best, everyone can tell. The story is filled with various unique characters which are played by well-known Actors, there is the adventuress Isabelle (Chloë Grace Moretz) who is Papa Georges’s goddaughter, the grumpy station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen), the flower girl Lisette (Emily Mortimer), the kind-hearted librarian Monsieur Labisse (Christopher Lee) and still many more to mention. But if you want to be objective, most of these characters can be pushed away easily without too much ruining the main plot. I mean everyone! They are only here to become unimportant extras. Except for the station inspector, he is the only antagonist, we still need him! The character is played comically well by Sacha Baron Cohen. Without him, there will be no chasing scene and nail-biting suspense. Clearly, the main frame of the story is not that complicated at all. In fact, it's kind of flat and anticlimax. To tell you the truth, I didn’t have “The Wow Factor” for the ending. Well, I never read the book before, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick. So I cannot tell you whether or not, disadvantage of the story is derived from basic material. However, thiz is an award winning book, it has won Caldecott Medal in 2008. In that case, if it’s true that is the whole story. What we can say… Scorsese has already done one hell of a job. Hugo said, “Movie had the power to capture dream.” and Scorsese has definitely captured one perfectly. What a wonderful world of a Huge Cabaret!

Stars : 7,5/10
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Jonny Fendi

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  1. Wow, nice review, pal. I'll be waiting for The Raid Review in here. :D

  2. Thanks, buddy. I think I gonna check it out thiz friday as well :)