The Invention of Hugo Cabret – 94%, also known simply as ‘Hugo’, is a film that premiered on November 23, 2011, under the direction of Martin Scorsese, who this time opted for the use of a 3D format, a situation without precedent in his career as director. Scorsese is best known for his gangster films, thanks to the popularity of Good Boys – 96%, Casino – 80% or The Irishman – 100%; However, the director has shown that he is not only capable of following the same formula, but also proves his versatility in various films such as the musical New York, New York – 67%, The Age of Innocence – 80%, The Sinister Island – 68%, The Wolf Of Wall Street – 78% and finally, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was universally acclaimed by critics, and despite being different from any other work by the director, for many is considered one of his best works.
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The feature film is based on the book The invention of Hugo Cabret, written by Brian Selznick, and starred Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer and Jude Law; the script was in charge Selznick (the author of the book) in collaboration with John Logan. The film’s success among critics was wide, as in 2012 it was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, of which it won five. At the box office it was not very popular, however, time has allowed it to amass good reviews and become a recognized work.
The film tells the story of Hugo Cabret, a 12-year-old boy who lives with his father, an attentive and affectionate man, a master watchmaker in Paris in the 1930s. He constantly takes Hugo to the cinema, and adores Georges Méliès films , the best filmmaker of his time. Hugo’s father dies in a fire in a museum and this is under the care of his uncle, an alcoholic watchmaker, responsible for maintaining clocks in a Paris train station.
After this, Hugo lives hidden between the walls of the station, so as not to be taken to the orphanage, stealing food and adjusting clocks, in addition, he steals mechanical parts from said place, with the dream of repairing an old and damaged automaton that his father left him. There he meets Isabelle, who offers to help him and together they live a beautiful and magical adventure, which invites the viewer to dream.
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During its premiere, and afterwards as well, the reviews have been largely positive, praising the director’s narrative talent and the way in which the main message of the story is carried to the public. Although the use of 3D is questioned, it is also deeply appreciated, as it adds a unique touch to the story. Next, we share what the critic of this film has said:
Yasser Medina from Cinema fans:
‘Hugo’ is the new sublime work of this master, especially intended for lovers of the seventh art who yearn to light the wick of the magic wand of the cinema of the past.
Micheal compton from Bowling Green Daily News:
I’m not a fan of 3D movies in general, but ‘Hugo’ takes full advantage of this technology, creating a storybook-like world full of layers and textures. That alone is enough to make Hugo something worth watching, but the movie is so much more.
Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times:
‘Hugo’ is totally different from any other of the works of Martin Scorsese, and yet possibly the closest to his heart: a big-budget production, in 3D, and in some respects, a mirror that reflects his own life. We feel that a great artist has been given all the authority, tools and resources that are needed to create a film that is about movies.
Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly:
Exquisite adaptation of Brian Selznick’s magical and award-winning children’s book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
David Keyes from Cinemaphile.org:
A beautiful, moving and beloved love letter to the very cinema from which it is born, and a celebration of the youthful curiosity that is hidden in all, yes, even those of us who fell into the cynicism of adult thinking.
Justin Craig from FoxNews.com:
‘Hugo’ is a magical cinematic experience and a masterpiece so unlike anything Scorsese has done before. Captivating and original, it is the director’s most humane film yet.
Erick Weber from NECN:
A brilliant triumph that may remind you why our hearts leap when the lights go out in the cinema.
Jeff Beck from Examiner.com:
Scorsese He is a master storyteller and one of the best directors out there today. You don’t need something like 3D to prove it. His films speak for themselves and ‘Hugo’ is no exception.
John J. Puccio of Movie Metropolis:
He not only pays tribute to the splendors of cinema by talking about them, but by showing them. It is a film for movie lovers of all ages.
Matt Glasby of Flicks.co.nz:
It is not an adventure, but a tribute of love to all things broken and to those who would fix them.
Thomas Caldwell of Cinema Autopsy:
In ‘Hugo’, Scorsese Not only does it tell an important story about the early days of cinema, it offers a film that is a passionate and compelling reminder of the essential role that art and imagination must play in our lives.
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