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Hugo (2011)

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Hugo (2011)


Ben Kingsley
Sacha Baron Cohen
Asa Butterfield
Chloë Grace Moretz
Ray Winstone
Emily Mortimer
Jude Law

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures (US)

After watching Hugo, you will understand why Martin Scorsese is one of the greatest movie directors in the world. Martin Scorsese has an almost never ending list of awards and accolades. One movie that brought enough in was the one he wrote, produced and directed titled Goodfellas (1990). He took a step forward making his first 3D movie, and also nailing critics to the wall with this wonderful masterpiece simply called Hugo.

Enough said about the masterful filmmaker.

What makes Hugo a movie to watch, is it the effects? Or maybe it is the screenplay by John Landis (who worked with Scorsese in The aviator in 2004)? Or is it how two kids, Asa Butterfield as Hugo Cabret and Chloë Grace Moretz as Isabelle put together performances warranting Oscars?

The honest truth is… it is all of the above, and more. Scorsese pulled off an art work of a movie that not only tells the tale of a determined young boy named Hugo, who gave himself a sole aim to build a mechanical like robot that he and his father commenced before his father’s passing, but the story also cuts across some historical fact of the movie maker George Melies who has done more than 500 movies to date, with only less than half were preserved.

Set in the 1930’s, Hugo is a fantasy adventure movie that takes place in Paris. The plot is simple and straight forward as started above but the events that led to his achieving this sole goal are what we can tag as series of unfortunate events.

As Hugo is fixing this mechanical robot, he meets a man (Old George) who sold toys at the train station in Paris, who kidnaps Hugo’s book and makes Hugo work for him to payback the things Hugo stole from him. As Hugo worked to retrieve his price possession, his journey intertwined with Isabel (Old George’s goddaughter) who was a young girl seeking any form of adventure and saw Hugo’s life as one to be involved in.

We can’t forget the nasty policeman whose sole aim was to throw all orphans in the orphanage, and who tries to uncover the mystery of how the clocks of Paris train station keeps ticking when the man in charge is dead.
Hugo won Scorsese his third Golden Globe Award for best director and it was also nominated for 11 Academy Awards at the 84th Academy Awards, winning five Oscars for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.

Hugo is a family movie filled with enough fun that you will love and will likely go see again and again.


  1. Interesting.This is your best review yet.Honest

  2. The movie is cool and it is worth watching, even i will give it a second run