The Oscars are in a week so I thought I’d blog about the picture that ended up with the most nominations: HUGO. When I went to see this film, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew it was more of a family oriented film in the sense it was for all ages and I knew that the brilliant director Martin Scorsese directed the film so I knew it would at least be worth the price of admission.
Did I ever underestimate this film! There is no doubt that Scorsese outdid himself on this one and will deservedly win the Best Director Oscar. Finally, someone understands what 3-D is for and merged 3-D with 2-D expectations. This is the best 3-D movie made so far. No question. Every scene was calculated for how it would look in 3-D, not in the let me have a gimmick to make you jump way or the fantasy world of Avatar, but rather in the sense that you’re so drawn into the real world you forget you’re watching a 3-D movie and feel like you’re living it.
When there is a conversation going on in the room, you feel like you are standing in the room with the actors. The scenes of Paris make you feel like you’re strolling down the street or taking in the train station. The camera angles, the shots, the use of 3-D, this is just a wonderful movie to view. There is a ground breaking dream sequence that is worth the price of admission all on it’s own. No one has attempted a 3-D scene like that until now.
Then there is the story. It is based on a book. The character of Hugo is fictional, about a boy who lives in the walls of the Paris train station. He has a sad back story for motivation but the rest of the story is actually based on real events and will expose you to a piece of movie history I am willing to bet you don’t know. Don’t worry, no spoilers here. 🙂
The acting was really good in this movie and the writing superb. If you are new to the story, you won’t really know what is going to happen next. This is a pleasant film, enjoyable from beginning to end.
Now, I will admit that I haven’t seen ‘The Artist’ which is also getting rave reviews. Having said that, and having seen ‘Hugo’, I can understand why it received the number of nominations it did. I am secretly hoping that it grabs the Best Picture trophy to take home.
One moment of irony that I have to mention. When exiting the room where the movie was being shown, two ushers were outside the door waiting to clean up after all the patrons left. I exited just in time to hear a young female employee say, “Who is Martin Scorsese? I don’t know who that is.” Her co-worker was as stunned as me. He was speechless, I was not.
I began listing movies that Scorsese had done. “Have you seen Goodfellas? Surely, Casino? That is on tv all the time. No? How about Aviator? Gangs of New York? Raging Bull?” I received a negative nod to all those and she finally said, “I don’t watch old movies.” Her co-worker who was about the same age piped in, “They aren’t that old!” It came off as very ironic that someone working in a cinema didn’t know who Scorsese was.
If Hugo is playing near you, see it in 3-D while you can. It is a treat in 3-D and I know it is coming to dvd any day now. If you miss the 3-D, still pick up a dvd. It may not be as big a visual surprise but you’ll still enjoy it.