Hugo

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.

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2 thoughts on “Hugo

  1. Without a doubt Hugo is a film that is capable of appealing to a large audience. On its most basic level it can be enjoyed by children and those who are not really that well versed in the history of cinema and Melie. On the other side of the spectrum, those who are familiar with film and literary works have an upper hand and are likely to appreciate Hugo to a totally different level. This is due to all the references made throughout the work.
    It is interesting how the modern techniques of 3D were capable of making the setting appear as if it were taking place in the thirties. New technology is what permitted the preciseness of the filmic aspects, along with the era in which it takes place.
    I do agree that the clock was slightly overused but I think it is somewhat necessary. When a film is intended for children, it generally requires more in your face, overt explanations.

  2. I also found it amazing that even though the film had animation, it was so realistic of what a train station in Paris would have looked like in the 1930s. The filmmakers tried to incorporate film techniques that were used back in the early 1900s. A good example of this was when they built a miniature set just for the train crash in the dream scene. The train crashing out from train station is something that filmmakers could have easily done with technology, but instead they put the extra time in to make the scene as authentic as possible. I feel like the animation gave the film a magical, fantasy-like theme to the film. This makes this film appealing to all ages. The way the plot had several mini storylines made the characters well developed. Though some might call it a distraction from the main storyline, it was similar to how films were back in the early 1900s and helped tie the storyline together at the end.

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