Hugo detours into early film history

29 Nov

Martin Scorsese’s Hugo is a homage to early film history. It is not surprising that Scorsese would be interested in working on such a project. He is an advocate of film preservation and his efforts have has saved over 500 films, including some of the earliest films ever made.

The story follows a young orphan named Hugo (Asa Butterfield), who lives in the walls of train station in Paris 1931. His only keepsake of his father is a strange looking automaton that needs a key to unlock a secret message. Hugo befriends Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz), the god-daughter of bitter shop owner, (Ben Kingsley) that knows something about Hugo’s machine.

Visually, the film is gorgeous, but its 128minute run time may turn off some audiences because this film detours from Hugo and delves into the history and life of the bitter shop owner. Film lovers will find this movie fascinating, but average audiences may not be as excited about the finished product.

WORD COUNT: 160

Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: B+

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