Written December 16, 2011
This was a great story within a story with serveral side stories. You get to figure out a mystery with HUGO and his friend Isabelle, while learning of their lives in Paris. The movie brings back films from yesteryear and gives us a taste of what watching a "picture show" was like for people when they were first invented. Ironic to this is the realization that you are watching one of the newest forms of advanced 3D movies with the old style being featured. Very cool!! Great 3D special effects and a good family film to boot!
Written December 03, 2011
Hugo is magical, simply magical. I was mesmerized the entire movie. Do see it in 3D. I'll remember this special movie forever. Now let's see if The Artiste can top it!
Written November 24, 2011
Imagine this: Martin Scorsese has created a movie for people who have an IQ higher than 40. The movie soars visually, and the screenplay and way it tells the story of the "invention" of cinema is touching and struck a very deep chord in my soul. I loved this movie.
I probably will never be a fan of 3D -- and my one quibble with the movie is I found myself wondering, "How beautiful would the sets have been if they'd been actually filmed on location in the streets of Paris?"
Written December 12, 2011
It takes a while to get started-- the first half hour or so is a lot of long pans that seem to serve no purpose other than to show off the (very beautiful) 3D. It's pretty, but it's nothing to write home about. The pacing of these early scenes is also a little awkward, particularly in Chloe Grace Moretz's scenes, as she is somewhat stiff in her role (uncomfortable with the accent maybe?). Once the plot kicks in, though, the movie becomes magic. And rightfully so, since it's about movie magic. The amount of love poured into these scenes devoted to the earliest films is touching without being overly sentimental. All of the characters are likable, but Papa George and his wife are particularly lovable. You can't watch the movie without rooting for them.
I've been thinking a lot about the pacing of the film since watching it, and I understand *why* it was slower in the beginning (as an homage to those old films), so I can forgive them the pacing issues.
Written November 26, 2011
I've seen many movies in my life, but never have I seen a movie with such a tremendous visual beginning impact using 3D. The camera work is incredible which gives the viewer an in depth insight into a detailed world. The acting is super, the setting and imagery is mind blowing.
Very much worth seeing on the BIG SCREEN in 3D.
Suitable for all ages except young children.