Martin Scorcese’s Hugo is truly a wonderful film that pays homage to the history of cinema. Essentially, the esteemed director is trying to restore the magic of cinema to all of his viewers. Through the eyes of a young boy, Scorcese succeeds in restoring this magic by celebrating the films of one of the greatest storytellers ever, George Melies.
To say the least, the film is visually beautiful as it is able to fill a setting that at times is mostly made of gears and machines with life and vigor. The machines ultimately serve as a strong motif throughout the film as a metaphor can be established between an incomplete Hugo and George and an incomplete/broken machine. Through their encounters, however, both Hugo and George are able to become complete by finding/re-finding their purposes in life. This is ultimately what the automaton represents towards the end of the film.
In terms of special effects and CGI, in a day and age where special effects tends to be overused in film, Scorcese uses it in moderation to perfectly blend it in with the movie.
By the end of the film, Scorcese has also succeeded in teaching Hugo’s audience certain themes that are prevalent through out the film. These themes include among others loneliness and the already established finding meaning in ones life. Although a bit cliché that every character in the film, with the exception of Uncle Claude, has a happy ending, I believe the ending is perfect in order to restore the magic of cinema as it definitely has an old school feel to it. Ultimately, Hugo is meant to restore the audience’s faith in movies and the happiness it can bring them. In my opinion, I believe does just that. With its stunning cast, Hugo is truly a treat for all those who see it.