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The newest film from Martin Scorsese is a cinematic experience unlike anything you've ever seen from him.
What I loved about this movie is that it's something I've never seen Scorsese take on before: A family film. And my first thought was: Scorsese making a family film? Really? But as soon as the movie starts, you're sucked into it. Just from the very opening shot, this movie dazzles you with spectacular visual & special effects and something I had thought was dead: 3D. It's amazing in this movie, and it's probably one of the better looking 3D films with Avatar. It's 3D used properly, finally. The story is a bit typical, but the actors make up for that with great performances. Asa Butterfield(I lol'ed as I saw that name.) plays Hugo and he delivered that role quite well. Here we have this little orphan boy whose only purpose in life is fixing clocks and that's his whole world(kind of like Chance's only world was the garden in Being There) until he gets a message from his father through an Atomaton robot which leads him on a journey of discovery. You can tell that this is a boy who is tormented, and we have sympathy for that character. Asa deliveres it beautifully. Then we have Chloe Moretz(that Hit-Girl chick who chopped everyone to pieces) as his only real friend, and the relationship between these 2 is really good and they have great chemistry between each other. Ben Kingsley plays Georges Méliés, the visionary filmmaker. Here we have a guy who loved making movies and when his movie career ends, he's a broken man. Kingsley delivers a very good performance in both where he is in his best days and in the hard days as well. Then we come to the best character of the movie: The station inspector. Sacha Baron Cohen delivers a fine performance as the inspector, and is the center of the comedic part of the movie which he delivers brilliantly but he's also very grouchy when it comes to chasing Hugo & really shy since he's afraid to talk to the flower lady. Probably his best acting so far. And then there are good cameos from actors like Christopher Lee, Ray Winstone & Jude Law.
The music by Howard Shore is as masterfully done as he has done so many times before. Cinematography by Robert Richardson superb, editing by Thelma Schoonmaker spot-on like in any Scorsese film. Makeup, art direction, set design: All do a splendid job in bringing the world of Hugo to live.
I can well imagine that this movie will win many awards in the upcoming Oscars, and most of them would be for visual & sound stuff since it's as I said one of the most gorgeous films I've seen this year. Scorsese directs this movie with much passion and love for the material, and has very much in common with the character of Méliés when it comes to movies.
This is a very high Full Price movie. I recommend it for everyone, adults & children alike.