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November 27, 2011

Hugo Is The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

by Jonn Holland

There is a certain magic in the air when going to the movies. The smell of popcorn, a feeling of anticipation as the lights dim, then the audience is transported to other worlds, the past, a fictional present or become a silent observer on a journey. When this happens, then the film has accomplished its purpose and the film maker’s theirs.

The film Hugo directed by Martin Scorsese, takes us on an exquisite journey of discovery and wonder. The intrepid adventurer in this story is a boy named Hugo, who winds the clocks at the train station in Paris, France. Hugo is attempting to unlock the secret of an autonomous man made of clockworks and in doing so he becomes friends with Isabelle, the daughter of the toy maker named Papa George.

While uncovering the secrets of the clockwork man, the two children make a discovery so wondrous and delightful that revealing it would only ruin the magic. Suffice it to say that they learn there is more to Papa George than meets the eye. Hugo also finds a strength within himself he did not know he had.

The beauty and majesty of Martin Scorsese’s film is not only in its presentation—the 3D effects are impeccable—but in it endearing story and how that tale is brought to life through the loveable characters of which this film is about. Asa Butterfield plays Hugo so splendidly that he is captivating. Chloe Grace Moretz fills Isabelle with a wonder and curiosity that seems almost tangible, and Ben Kingsley as always, delivers a magnificent performance as Papa George.

Through the inspired direction of Martin Scorsese and the dedication of the films cast (including Sascha Baron Cohen as the Station Inspector) Hugo captures the magic of story-telling through the medium of film and reminds us that it is the “stuff dreams are made of”. Whether you are a child, adult, film enthusiast, or simply a person who enjoys a good story; Hugo is not a film to be missed.

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