FILM REVIEW OF HUGO
The movie is based on the book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” but is also very much an expression of Martin Scorcese's movie love. As for the hero of Scorcese's first 3-D movie, Hugo, Asa Butterfield, is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930's Paris. He learns to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton that doesn't work without a special key which Hugo needs to find to unlock the secret he believes it contains. And that is the moment which his "adventures" have started.
During his adventures, he meets with an old shopkeeper, George Melies, Ben Kingsley, who works in the train station and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo becomes involved with the old man when he's accused of theft and has a cherished book of drawings confiscated. And then Georges looks through Hugo's father's notebook, is evidently strongly affected by it, and keeps it despite Hugo's protests. Hugo is forced to trail Georges to his home to retrieve it. There, he meets Georges' goddaughter, Isabelle, Chloë Grace Moretz, who promises to help.
After becoming good friends, Hugo teaches her about the wonder of movies by sneaking her in to see the Harold Lloyd comedy Safety Last; and she teaches him about the power of books by taking him to meet crusty bookseller Monsieur Labisse, Christopher Lee. Gradually she teases out Hugo’s backstory: his father, Jude Law, was a museum worker who died in a fire, then his drunken uncle, Ray Winstone, brought him to the station to help with his clock-winding job and promptly vanished. His father was trying to repair the clockwork figure before he died, and Hugo thinks-although he knows it’s too crazy- that if he can repair the automation it will deliver a message from his dead father.
Someday, Hugo is surprised to find that Isabelle wears a...