Those familiar with Martin Scorsese’s brutal and violent films will surely be in for an enchanting and uplifting surprise that caters to film enthusiasts and discerning families alike.
Filmed in 3D, Hugo tells the story of the eponymous young orphan (Butterfield). After the sudden death of his father (Law), Hugo lives in the walls of a Parisian train station secretly tending to the clocks, when his life becomes intertwined with the sorrowful owner of a toyshop.
The film pays homage to the work of pioneer filmmaker George Méliès, whose magic Scorsese manages to capture beautifully through set design, music and costumes, whilst also indulging his passion for 3D technology for the first time.
The mystery and suspense are exquisitely crafted: the plot is made up of five stories, which are slowly revealed and come together in a heartbreaking and truly magical way.
The acting, from an almost all English cast, is convincing and commendable. Sacha Baron Cohen as the station inspector may seem like a strange choice, but he delivers a great performance and is an indispensable part of the film’s humour and light-heartedness, standing out brilliantly during some awkward laugh-out-loud moments.
Don’t pass up the opportunity to see this on the big screen: the cinematography in this fantastical but genuine story is impressive and glorious.
Hugo (Hugo Cabret) | Directed by Martin Scorsese (USA 2011) with Jude Law, Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Chloë Grace Moretz. Starts February 9