Directed by – Martin Scorsese
IMDB – 8.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 94%
A surprising departure from the average children’s film Hugo pairs excellent narrative structure with superb casting to make Martin Scorsese’s fantastic children’s narrative a must watch.
Ranking at an 8.5 out of 10 on IMDB and a shocking 94% on Rotten Tomatoes critics agree that Hugo is something to behold.
Hugo’s Rotten Tomatoes rating eclipses Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, and Aladdin. I personally wouldn’t mention Hugo and Aladdin in the same sentence but the hype surrounding this film is undeniable.
Hugo is reminiscent of Charlie and The Chocolate if it was bolstered by the advent of 3D and the strong, emotional, and detail heavy narrative style Scorsese brings to all of his films.
The film centers around an orphan named Hugo Cabret, played by Asa Butterfield. Losing his father to a fire at a young age Hugo is pushed into the hands of his drunken uncle who is responsible for maintaining the numerous and ornate clocks of a large train station in Paris.
As Hugo struggles to find his purpose, and what may be left of his family, he goes on an explorative journey that could entertain just about anybody.
The movie is mainly shot on film but Scorsese melds CGI and animation seamlessly to create a truly magnificent dream-like style of moviemaking.
Another area where Hugo excelled was with an excellent supporting cast. Veteran character actor Ben Kingsley and the surprisingly effective Sacha Baron Cohen fill out a strong group of actors that truly make Hugo come to life.
Known for starring in shock-comedy films like Borat and Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen makes a surprising departure into family films. Providing will timed comedic breaks and a convincing portrayal of the station inspector and villain Cohen was a strong addition to the cast.
Ben Kingsley also had a convicing performance as the enigmatic Georges Melies whose emotional transformation throughout the work is one of the main reasons the film is worth watching.
Strongly cast, creatively shot and emotionally satisfying Hugo is a holiday family film that would be a shame to miss. The 3D is a plus but the selling point here is the story. The price of admission is more than worth it as Hugo truly pushes the expectations of family films.