Martin Scorcese's "Hugo" was, without question, one of the finest movies that I have seen in some
time. In addition to having a wonderful story, it pays homage to the earliest days of the cinema so lovingly that one cannot fail to be moved by these clips from the past. The Paris setting for the movie adds a strong element of enchantment to the film, and the characters are all beautifully portrayed by the cast. Hugo has just about the happiest of all happy endings that I ever recall seeing on the screen, yet it somehow feels right and not overly sentimental. This is film-making at the highest levels of the art, and should become a classic. Lastly, this movie must be seen in the 3D version. The 3D is not a gimmick here and adds significantly to the visual impact and atmosphere of the film. One mistake, however, is the movie advertising. It seems offered as a children's movie, but it is not. While a child may love much of it, adults will enjoy it even more. A great movie.
Movies like 'Sarah's Key' seem to be rare these days. In an era in which blockbusters seem to be
the standard Hollywood fare, a movie like this serves as a reminder of what movie-making can be, when done well. Sarah's Key is a beautifully made film that alternates between two intertwined stories: that of Sarah and her life-altering experiences in France during the Nazi occupation in World War II and the years after, and the moving story of the journalist who desperately tries to learn what happened to Sarah decades later. It is a movie that unravels at a precisely controlled pace, with each realization opening up another doorway into the history of Sarah's life. Although I had not read the book, my wife had, and she felt the adaptation was extraordinarily well done. This is not an uplifting movie, in fact, it is a sad one on many accounts, yet I left the theater feeling very satisfied that I had seen a movie that will remain with me for some time to come. Definitely go see this one.
We went to this movie because it won the Palme D'Or at Cannes, suggesting it was something special
and unique. Well, it was unique--absolutely the worst, most pretentious movie that I have ever seen. By the end of this film, most of the people in the theater either booed when the director's name was flashed onscreen, or they cheered that the movie was finally over. Granted much of the imagery in the movie was gorgeous, but putting in images that have no foundation, no relationship to the story (by the way, there really isn't a story--this is a completely abstract movie), or provide insights into the characters becomes boring and endless. The score for much of this imagery was also horribly irritating, a pseudo-religious bit of nonsense that tried to add 'weight' to the film, but only added a profound headache. In essence, this is a failed attempt to create an allegory of creation, evolution, life, death, transcendence, and anything else Malick could think of. Stay away! HORRIBLE!
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