Either I just really need some inspiration in my life or I really like children’s movies, haven’t decided which quite yet. I think that Hugo did a great job of appealing to multiple audiences so appropriately. With such a well-known director and I’m sure a big budget, it was probably a smart decision to make the movie something that’s genuinely for the whole family.
I was also very fascinated by the movie’s ability to look so new and modern in terms of technology, but still make the viewers feel as if it was really taking place in the 1930s. It is very rare that we would see the filmmaking process of an old silent film in a way other than what is preserved on black and white film that we have today. The film being as modern as it is definitely gave the filmmakers more capabilities and more freedom to expand the film into an adventurous and very storybook-esque feeling.
The main theme seemed to be man’s connection with technology or mechanics or something in that general field. This was very interesting because, although the clock motif was a bit overused, it still drove home pretty important general ideas that complimented the rest of the film quite well. I think something to consider when criticizing this film is that it really was intended for viewers of all ages and for kids, it was probably a good idea to emphasize and reemphasize the same things so that they could actually gain something a little bit deeper from watching the film as well. I think that the usage of a somewhat stereotypical young duo was turned into something pretty creative. That being said, I think that all of the characters in the movie were very well developed and all complicated each other very well so that it all came together and made sense in the end. Incorporating real history into the film was definitely a great idea and made the film very unique.