Friday, March 2

Hugo (2011) by Martin Scorsese

Brian Selznik wrote it in 2007 and now Martin Scorsese entail us with a 3D beautiful adventure for kids and grown ups. Not only a child story, it is also a tribute to cinema. Hugo is an orphan boy who's stuck as a clock keeper in the Gare Montparnasse in Paris in 1930s. Alone he survives by stealing food of the station and so he is always trying to be invisible to the station guard. His only reminder of his father is an automaton which he so desperately tries to fix it as if fixing it would bring his father close to him. But in all things there is always a secret, for the automaton to work it needs of a key...
Meanwhile he befriends a girl who he is not also the girl with the answer to his secret, since she has the key, but also she is the goddaughter of the old sour George Méliès, a former director aka big name of the initial industry back in the day. And here the adventure comes. Not only the history of cinema is revived but also an enthralling sequence of scenes and colors that grasp you till the end giving you a smile difficult to remove. We all have a child inside so it is easy to feel compelled to cheer for our hero Hugo in his quest, and also to appreciate how the cinema evolved and how nice it was even if it was without sound and the colors were added in each photogram. Regarding acting the kid Asa Butterfield kicked some ass...really...he is so emotionally pure in his performance, it doesn't feel like his acting at all. Chloë Grace Moretz is also pretty good as Isabelle and both make a very good duo. Words feel always small to talk about Sir Ben Kingsley, he plays a very good sour Méliès. It also nice to see Sacha Baron Cohen in a non comical role where he transforms himself completely demonstrating that he is indeed a fine actor. His role it's fantastic,  a rigid inspector with his canine friend who with apparently no kindness makes us laugh when we see his rigid manners that scream for a laugh.
It's indeed a very different film for Scorsese, bloodless and all but it's a great film to enjoy and appreciate because come on it's Scorsese the directing it's there all right.

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