Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Review: Hugo

Director: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee

Year: 2011

Genre: Family

Rated: PG

Length: 126 min.

IMDB Summary: Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

This delightful film transports viewers to a simple, elegant world portrayed in vivid colors, colorful music and touching acting. I thoroughly enjoyed the pacing and setting of the movie, which added life and texture to the story. Although liberties are taken for the sake of romanticizing 1930s Paris, the focus of Hugo is less on the 1930s than it is on the efforts of early filmmakers and what can be learned from the past. Kingsley's acting is particularly noteworthy, though promising young star Butterfield gives an excellent performance, proving that he can keep up with the more experienced actors. Endearing and well-crafted, Hugo resounds with themes of love, family and reunion, making it a satisfying and enjoyable watch.

For Parents:
Mild thematic material

My Rating:
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