Martin Scorsese’s Hugo was a beautiful film that can easily tap into the heart of any viewer.     In my opinion, it took a little bit more time than it should’ve to fully introduce all the characters. I like how Hugo’s tragic past was presented but believe it would’ve had a bigger impact if done in pieces.

I like how the movie plays into the concept of how each part whether in a machine or life comes together to make something whole. From the introduction of the movie as gears turning into the city to the specific heart-shaped key that fits in the back of the automaton. Hugo’s perseverance to find how he “fits” in society and aspiration of becoming more than just a piece within soceity is inspiring.

Another aspect of the film that is eye capturing is the mis-a-scene. From the set designs to the character customes. Every detail was accounted for and played together perfectly. The only thing I was confused about were the british accents in Paris. Was this to appeal to a bigger audience, being funny, or its just a big coincidence that the characters we are involved with are british.

Love and ambition I believe were the main themes of the movie. We really see this in the characters emotions and how they express themselves. I believe with the help of 3D filming  it played a huge role it capturing each of the actors expression during the many close ups within the movie. Overall, I enjoyed the film and found the message sent out to the audience really nice. Oh, and Sacha Baron Cohen is the man.


5 thoughts on “Hugo

  1. You make an interesting point in saying that it took a while to actually introduce every character to their entirety. I did not exactly pick up on that immediately but looking back I definitely would have to agree. I recall not being totally mesmerized and engaged in the film until the more latter part of the film. The incorporation of Hugo’s past was done precisely but it would have been interesting had it been integrated into the film in pieces throughout. I think it made sense to do it how Scorsese did, seeing as the historical flashback are fused in later on and the two probably should not being going on at the same time.

    The constant reference to machines, whether it is their individual parts or the contraption as a whole, was very intriguing to me. These visuals throughout really tie in with Hugo’s search to find his place in society. It’s interesting to think how he himself is essentially a lone piece in the world at the point in the film where he pulls loose pieces of machinery out of his pocket.

    The mis-a-scene certainly helped capture all the detail Scorese intended to portray. I honestly did not even think about the fact that this was taking place in Paris, yet the characters were talking in British accents.

  2. I also thought that it took longer than it should’ve to establish all of the characters and the direction the movie was going in. Hugo was really the only fully established character from the beginning, so I thought the story was going to follow him only. I had no idea that it was going to veer off and be about the film career of Méliès because the importance of film to the plot of the movie wasn’t even introduced at all until halfway or so through. It just seemed so awkward to not have integrated film itself from the very beginning, maybe by showing flashbacks of Hugo seeing movies with his father early on.
    As you mentioned, the mise-en-scene is really captivating in this movie, as it should be since it cost so much! Also, I think that the British accents in Paris is simply to distinguish for the audience a time and location difference from themselves, though why they didn’t use French accents, I don’t know.

  3. I definitely agree with what you said about everything “fitting” together. I think that the underlying themes and symbolism in Hugo really added a lot of depth to the film that would be appropriate for the older viewers to understand and maybe for the younger viewers to get bits and pieces of. I think that Hugo’s aspirations to be more than just a piece in society was also very inspiring and probably for every age group. The gears in the city and in the clocks may have been overemphasized at times, but I think that it is important when considering the targeted audience. These aspects also really did make the whole film fit together (pun somewhat intended) and made summing up everything lead to an especially happy ending to the film. I think that it is interesting that such a respected director did something so fantastical and it really was different from most children’s movies in many ways.

  4. I think the premise of the plot was intentionally delayed to allow time for the viewer to soak up all the wonder and beauty of the Paris world that Scorsese created. I think perhaps Scorsese decided that if the plot were introduced at its usual time–usually within the first half hour for all the films I’ve seen–it would distract from the special effects, the subplots, Hugo’s back story, Hugo’s current situation, etc. I think the film introduced a lot to grasp at the beginning that excuses it from immediately delving into the plot. I mean, you have a CHILD living ALONE in PARIS in a TRAIN STATION! That’s HUGE! That’s insanity. I think that’s a lot to grasp. And then you have this guy–Sacha Baron Cohen–trying to catch him and send him away. The delaying of the plot gave time to build up Hugo’s situation and his fear of being separated from his home. I think it worked out.

  5. The symbolism of the automaton is definitely very interesting and was talked about in most of the blog posts as being a brilliant piece of symbolic reference. The fact that the characters took a long time to introduce could be due to the fact that it is a children’s movie. The characters need to have a lot simpler personalities and backgrounds so kids of all ages can relate and share experiences. Most children’s movies are like this and this allows for untrustworthy children to relate to similar movie characters with themselves.

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