76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2012
I had never heard of this film as we rarely go to the cinema but we'd just bought a 3D TV and Blu-ray player and wanted something to try. I was swayed by the awards the film had won and bought it in faith. What a surprise! The 3D was superb (we had seen Avatar and Harry Potter at the cinema in 3D and didn't think the TV 3D would be as good but it was. The story was the surprise as we didn't realise it was woven around a real person, Georges Melies, the early film-maker. Excellent, star-studded casting and an engrossing movie. My husband isn't normally much a film watcher but he was praising it for days afterwards. The bonus features are very good too, especially the background of Melies himself. We loved it!
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2012
Heavily enhanced with such magnificent CGI that you could initially mistake it for a gorgeous animated feature, Hugo introduces us to a typical children's tale (child has idyllic relationship, tragedy happens, everybody gives him an unfair deal, he eventually redeems himself) but told with the panache and confidence of a master.
Martin Scorsese sets the majority of the tale in a magically intricate and gorgeous looking train station people with interesting characters as orphan Hugo secretly keeps the clocks working and tries to fix a mysterious automaton. During his adventures he befriends a young girl (the ubiquitous Chloe Grace Moretz) and her crotchety Uncle (Ben Kingsley) while trying to avoid being caught and sent to an orphanage by the the station-master, played with humour (and a surprisingly delicate degree of pathos) by Sacha Baron Cohen.
The visuals are a treat, and much of the film is dedicated to a discovery of the origins of cinema. In framing a history lesson within a magical children's tale, the film really helps you to feel the nostalgia and wonder that Scorsese is hoping to evoke. The film's tale about Hugo himself also has adventures, chases, and an emotionally satisfying finale that make it well worth seeing in its own right. Maybe a little too cerebral and interested in the past for younger viewers (anyone under 8 might get bored) but a gorgeous and interesting tale.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HUGO is based on the beautiful book, THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET. I eager to see HUGO but didn't get around to seeing it at the cinema - this is such a shame, as I am sure that it would have been fantastic in 3D.
The story follows Hugo, an orphan who lives within a railway station in Paris. Having been taught how to fix clocks by his late father, Hugo is sure that if he is able to mend an automaton which was being lovingly restored by his father, that he will discover a message from him. But he also has to make sure that he is not discovered living within the station - if he is, he would be sent off to the orphanage.
That is a very basic synopsis. The film is about so much more than just a young boy trying to find a message from his deceased dad. It is also a homage to silent films, whilst also being a very clever examination of grief, loneliness, love and the power that the past has for us. There is also the exploration of finding your place in the world. There is a beautiful section in the film in which Hugo takes his new-found friend up to the top of the clock tower, to look out over Paris. He describes how every instrument comes with just the right amount of parts for it to make it work; he then compares the world to a mechanical instrument, with every person in it having their own part to play.
Viewers of all ages should enjoy this film. It is incredibly stunning visually. The message at its heart is also very poignant. The characters and the acting is top-notch; I was truly sucked into the world of Hugo. If you have read the book, I am almost certain that you would enjoy this film. Likewise, if you see this film and enjoy it, I would urge you to seek out the book - it is heavily illustrated throughout and in its own right is a very beautiful thing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 August 2013
Great film. Watched with my Lord of the Rings loving 10 yr old son, who really enjoyed it. Found the clockwork model and 'tense' scenes just sad and scary enough, and got very involved in the boy's story. The links to the 'real world' were interesting and we thought all the characters were well played - some stereotypical but well done.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed this film - it's a visual feast for the eyes (especially in 3D), and the storyline is well-crafted and engendered a real sense of empathy for all of the characters (even the villain of the piece, the station inspector). Asa Butterfield is excellent as Hugo Cabret, and Ben Kingsley must have had a whale of a time playing Georges Melies - fantastic to watch, too. Helen McCrory, as Mama Jeanne, brought some real warmth to her role. And Sacha Baron Cohen managed to put aside his somewhat-acquired-taste characters of Borat et al, and played the part of the evil (initially) station inspector very well indeed. Also look out for nice little cameo appearances from Christopher Lee, Frances de la Tour and Richard Griffiths, amongst others - even Martin Scorcese appears briefly (as a photographer). The mechanical man is also a star - very well executed, and you also start feeling sympathy for him as well, which is really strange; I think it just shows how good Scorcese is at his art.
And, last but not least, it highlights the amazing work of Georges Melies, who will be unknown to many people before viewing this film. As a follow-up action I'd recommend watching the excellent Melies The Magician  [DVD] [NTSC] as this gives an excellent insight into his career. Wonderful!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2013
A brilliant film loved every minute of it , charming the sets are brilliant , cannot praise it enough , different out of the ordinary .
A young boy's parents are dead he lives in a clock tower in a railway station with his uncle who also dies leaving the boy to tend to the station Clock he has a fasination with clocks his father played by Jude Law leaves a mystery Mechanical man . fantastic parts played by Christopher lee ( the librarian ) and sacha Baron Cohen ( the station master ) who try's to clear the station of orphans regularly , This was winner of 2 baftas & 5 oscars We found it magical unexpected twists & turns and Ben Kingsley was amazing , don't hesitate just buy this you'll love it .
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2012
Lovely movie, not at all what I expected, nice safe and friendly film with a story. Effects are good, 3D is ok but a bit ghosty on my TV, stunning colour and clarity though. 3D didn't work with my Optoma projector but worked fine on my Philips TV (both via Samsung player), software problem I guess.
Nice family move and now reduced in price, enjoyed it a lot.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2014
When this film first appeared I yawned and thought 'another showcase for 3D movies' and gave it no more consideration. Later, however, I discovered it not to be a children's film but rather a deeper tale and one that told the true story (albeit in heavily dramatised form) of the later life of Georges Méliès. It's a fascinating tale, especially if you know a little of Georges Méliès's earlier film output (such as the peerless 'Voyage to the Moon'. The film is clearly constructed for 3D - with the usual exaggerated longitudinal perspective, but none the worse for it. If you have a 3D TV then enjoy it as such, but the 3D bit is by no means essential to the production. Just enjoy it!
60 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2011
I read THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET before I saw this film. I absolutely loved the book (written by Brian Selznick) and I immediately wanted to see this film, directed by Martin Scorsese. So I went to see HUGO starring Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen. The critics loved it, so I had high hopes.
It was perhaps the best 3D I have ever seen! It wasn't just chucking stuff out of the screen, it was really useful to the film. It enhanced the setting (paris) brilliantly. It was even used in the end credits sequence.
The acting was amazing. Asa Butterfield (MERLIN, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS) and Chloe Grace Moretz (KICK-ASS) were fantastic, and the rest of the cast were great too. They were seriously convincing.
The storyline was spectacular. It was very true to the book but it also made up some stuff of its own. These parts really added some comic relief to the film. It was also quite sad and it was very, very, very deep. There were some very intense, breathtaking scenes as well.
Overall, the critics were right! HUGO is an instant classic with an amazing storyline, some absolutely brilliant acting and lots of great 3D effects. I desperately didn't want it to end. This film is excellent for the whole family. It might be a bit too long (126 minutes) for some people, but if you truly like the film, you wont mind at all. In fact, you'll be thankful for it. I highly recommend HUGO to everyone. AN INSTANT CLASSIC! 10/10!
on 9 April 2014
Martin Scorsese directs this family friendly tale set in Paris in the 1930’s released at the cinema in the US and the UK in November of 2011 the story about an orphan living in the walls of a train station who is trying to unravel a mystery left by his late Father concerning an automaton the cast is headed-up by Sir Ben Kingsley who is ably supported by Asa Butterfield Chloë Grace Moretz in the roles of the children in fact the whole cast do a superb job the only miscast role in my option is that of the Station Inspector who is played by English born actor Sacha Baron Cohen, he comes across as a man out of his depth I keep expecting him to start one his awful creations instead of the character of the Train Inspector who to my mind should have all the personality of the child-catcher in Chitty Bang-Bang with all his redeeming qualities.
That being said Scorsese has an amazing job of bringing to life the sights and sounds of 1930’s Paris with all its characteristics and locations.
This single 50 GB region B locked disc is encoded with the MPEG-4 AVC codec is in full 1080p resolution and in the original cinema release’s aspect ratio of 1.85.1 the picture is so clear I would say it is of reference standard and could be used to test audio equipment and TV’s with its marvellous palette of colours and range of blacks in the scenes where there a great deal of shadows the audio track is in English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, the audio track wonderfully recreates the sound and atmosphere of a 30’s railway Station with hissing from the steam engines to the whirring and clicking of the clocks with their complex gear wheels meshing together as the clocks keep time in the station all the while the actors dialogue is easily heard and is always clear but when needed the track delivery’s big bass sounds. There is also a 3D version of the feature, dual format disc is a great idea which if the film companies had done from the start of the 3D revival maybe more people would have embraced the format, I cannot comment on 3D as I do not have access to 3D playback at the time of writing there are only one set of subtitles in English for the Hard of Hearing
The Bonus Material on the disc is as follows: - Shoot the Moon (The making of Hugo) The Cinmagician, Georges Méliès, The Mechanical Man at the Heart of Hugo, Big Effects, Small Scale, Sacha Baron Cohen: Role of a Lifetime.
A great disc to watch with the kids and must have in a Blu-ray collection....