There are very few film lovers as big as Martin Scorsese. There may not big a bigger ambassador for film preservation as Scorsese. One thing is certain, Marty loves movies, all kinds of movies from very early silent films to rock films to any captured motion. As one of the most celebrated film makers of the last 40 years, Scorsese has made all kinds of movies. Almost everyone has at least one movie of his that they like. Marty once again found himself with loads of Oscar nominations this year for his film Hugo. His first venture into the “family friendly” movie genre, although I shy away from calling it a children’s movie. One thing is for sure, this is Martin’s homage to his love of movies.
Hugo is the story of a young boy left orphaned after his father dies in a tragic accident. his father taught him how to work with machines and gears to which the boy takes a liking to and becomes quite skilled at. Avoiding living in an orphanage in 1930’s Paris, he lives in a train station, which oddly enough many other homeless young boys attempt to do as well. While trying to complete the final project that he and his father were working on he comes across a gentleman who has many of the working parts he needs to complete his work. While befriending a young girl in the process, he introduces her to the wonderful world of movies, which she has never known before. They soon discover that the man he has met, George, who is also the girls Godfather was once a very successful film maker who has gone into seclusion. The man, George discovers what he did in his life was truly significant and embraces his former life thanks to the unlikely relationship formed with the young Hugo.
The story is one of fantasy and adventure so beautifully shot by a master film maker. With very underrated performances by Sir Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield and especially by funny man Sacha Baron Cohen. It is mistakenly labeled a children’s film; while it is quite different from the majority of his film’s, it’s not exactly a children’s movie. It is however a family film. Scorsese is a master story teller of any type and Hugo just proves it. It is a romance of film and a boys love for his father and attempt to hold on to what he can from his dad. It is a wondrous escape for 2 hours that feels like a well depicted dream. With beautiful cinematography and special effects that are not over stylized so that it doesn’t take away from the story. It is without question a well spent 2 hours for anyone who loves movies and stories told by a true genius.