Hugo

Perhaps more famous for directing gritty dramas like Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Taxi Driver Martin Scorsese has made his first Family orientated film “Hugo”, and From what I’ve seen in the trailers it looks really great and I would like to see it at some stage. So far  The film has been named Best Film by US National Board of Review and they have also given Martin Scorsese the  Best Director Award.

written by John Logan, and based on the Carnegie prize-winning novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick, it is essentially an adventure story about a young orphan called Hugo (Asa Butterfield) who lives  within the confines of a French railway station, after being dragged their by his wicked uncle (Ray Winstone), following the untimely death of His dad (Jude Law).

Abandoned by his uncle to live inside a gigantic clock beneath an ominously large pendulum, Hugo struggles to survive, often having to resort to stealing food , which brings him into conflict with one of the station’s stallholders, a bad-tempered toymaker named Georges (Ben Kingsley), though Hugo manages to make friends with Georges’ orphaned niece (Chloe Grace Moretz – Kick Ass/Let Me In).

The station plays host to all sorts of wierd and wonderful characters, including Sacha Baron Cohen as an officious but comically inept railway inspector, Emily Mortimer as the florist he fancies, Christopher Lee as a friendly bookseller, and an unlikely pair of tentative lovers in Richard Griffiths and Frances de la Tour.

From the flamboyant opening shot onwards, Hugo shows Martin Scorsese in his prime, making a movie he cares about passionately and unlike most 3D movies, it was shot using 3D as a storytelling device, and this adds height, depth, humour and intensity to the story.

There are a few Steam Punk elements in the film which are evocative of Tim Burton (especially the love of old-fashioned machinery) and Terry Gilliam (Dystopian nightmare world). Another virtue is that the picture shows a fascination with early cinema that’s joyful and infectious, and has a worthwhile lesson about the importance of preserving old film for future generations, which is close to Scorsese’s heart. Hugo has a magic that’s rare in modern movies, and is a real Christmas charmer. More information can be found here