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.
Yes. I said it. Kick Ass did rock, and yes I did say that Hit Girl “killed”. There really is no pun intended, not really because the character Hit Girl did her fair share of killing bad guys. In fact, I think she killed the most. I’ll have to see it again to be sure. However, there is a reason I put the word in quotations.
So, when I say that Hit Girl killed it i mean it as a little bit of a pun, because her the character does literally kill; with great efficiency. However, she is also a satirical effigy of Batman’s famous sidekick, Robin who, in the late nineties comic book series Robin II and Robin III, was a twelve-year-old boy. It was obvious to me what the intent was. Why else have her be the sidekick of Batmanesque Big Daddy played by Nicholas Cage; who by the way, paid excellent homage to Adam West’s nineteen sixties Batman with his… Certain. Way. Of speaking.
Truly, Hit Girl(Chloe Moretz) has struck a nerve. Some reviews have been less than accepting of the character, perhaps because the idea of a twelve-year-old girl having to be more violent and foul-mouthed than the adults trying to kill her is hard to fathom. Yet, I can’t help but think that if children were able to protect themselves as effectively, without killing or course, would be kidnappers and child molesters would think twice least they get their sensitive area served to them or at the minimum, a brutal thrashing.
Personally, I don’t condone vigilantism. But, Kick Ass is not necessarily a movie about vigilantes. It is a story about that last straw, the one that makes a person stand up and say, “I’ve had enough and you’re not pushing me around anymore.” It is for that reason I like this movie and if you don’t have any qualms about seeing Hit Girl do her thing go see Kick Ass. If not, don’t.