in about 100 words or less
US 127m, 3D Colour
Director: Martin Scorsese; Cast: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law
Hugo is a dark and engaging history of early cinema disguised as a fantasy adventure that is based on Brian Selznick’s 2007 novel: The Invention of Hugo Cabret. The film is seen through the eyes of an orphaned boy who lives in the Paris Train Station who spends most of his time evading authorities while attempting to keep the station’s clocks running. In his spare time, he also continues the repair of a broken automaton – a project that holds special meaning to him subsequent to his father’s death. His efforts to secure parts for the repair bring him into contact with the automaton’s creator: Georges Méliès – the then forgotten filmmaker who works in a small shop in the train station. Hugo is a mature historical fantasy with some lighthearted comedic moments which also includes a good number of clips from Méliès original films (presented in 3D), which is a fitting homage to the now celebrated film pioneer’s surviving works (Klaus Ming November 2011).