Written November 25, 2011
I hadto read this book for class this summer. This movie is very similar to the book and does a geat job keeping the original feel of the book. If you haven't read the book, you will still like the movie. Just be aware that young kids will not understand what is happening.
Written December 11, 2011
The movie was very good, cute, a bit romantic, magical, clean and fun. It's a very good movie, but not as exciting and magical as the trailer let me to expect.
Written April 24, 2017
Really beautiful film. A love letter to the birth of cinema. I think I would have enjoyed it equally had I seen the 2D version, though. I don't think 3D added that much to my enjoyment of the film. But otherwise everything about this movie was pure delight! We take movies for granted in 2011, but the film really makes you ponder what the first movie goes saw and felt a century or so ago, and the wonder of seeing moving images that tell a story for the very first time.The modern day equivalent, perhaps, of going to your first website or receiving your first IM. I LOVED this movie! I thought it was going to be a silly, if not entertaining, fantasy kiddie holiday movie. But it wasn't that at all. I mean, kids will love it, but it's not a kiddie movie; adults will appreciate it even more.
Written December 20, 2011
This may be the first movie that actually makes a case for 3D being a legitimate story telling technique instead of just a gimmick. The 3D effects of other films (including Avatar) were beautiful, but I still felt that I could be happy with there 2D versions. Hugo was the first film that I would consider buying a 3D TV to watch it on. Scorsese's use of 3D is indeed unique. It adds a lot of depth to the movie so that you fill like you are there with Hugo. The 3D effects fit in so naturally in to each scene of the movie that you eventually don't notice it. The open scene where the camera flies through the crowded train station is a great example of this. Besides the 3D, the story is terrific, and each scene is beautifully acted. It is also interesting that the plot includes the discussion of the magic of the very first movies. At the same time viewers are watching the movie though a new evolution of movie making. All and all, this movie is well on its way to winning a few Oscars.
Written December 07, 2011
The movie was beautiful as a whole but the story development was very long and drawn out. I felt like shouting, 'Get on with it!" And the fact that the entire film took place in just two locations made it seem even more drawn out. BUT....when it all came together at the end, it was a lovely story with a beautiful ending.