I had the absolute pleasure of finally seeing Martin Scorsese’s Hugo last night with my friend Bridget, and while it technically is being billed as a children’s movie, it was a real delight to see it on the big screen.
The movie, to me, was a cross between Cinema Paradiso, Finding Neverland, A Little Princess (the Alfonso Cuarón version) and The Wizard of Oz. It played beautifully on the nostalgic emotions film lovers often indulge in. Scorsese’s use of 3D was phenomenal. 3D movies usually give me a headache, but in this case, the 3D technology was used more to add depth, dimension and quality to the picture than to showcase flying objects hurling toward us.
Ben Kinglsy played the role of Georges Méliès magnificently and Asa Butterfield demonstrated great emotional range of the orphaned Hugo. You’ll also find actors from past cinematic adventures like the Lord of the Rings’ Christopher Lee and a handful of Harry Potter veterans including Helen McCroy who you might remember as Narcissa Malfoy.
Sascha Baron Cohen’s depiction of the Station Inspector was well acted with the right mix of comedy and dramatic irony, and Chloe Moretz convinced me more or less that she could be a child growing up in 1930s Paris with a vague English accent. Jude Law made a brief appearance as Hugo’s father, but he could not easily be forgotten.
After walking out of the theatre, Bridget and I climbed onto the giant windowsill overlooking the plaza lights and we imagined ourselves, like Hugo and Isabelle, standing in the bowels of the clock tower of the Paris-Gare de Lyon.
This is truly one of Martin Scorsese’s masterpieces. Hugo will inspire you, take you to a place in your heart where childhood still exists, where you believe anything is possible, and remind you to never give up hope. It was truly an adventure.
Thank you Brian Selznick!