By Adam Rolseth
Hello readers! Today I’ll be reviewing film legend Martin Scorsese’s newest film, “Hugo.”
“Hugo” is a film based off the popular children’s novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” by Brian Selznick, and is about a young boy named Hugo who lives in a train station in Paris, France. Through several different connections that he makes with other characters, Hugo embarks on a beautiful, dreamlike adventure to discover a message from his dead father.
This is Scorsese’s first installment in both 3D and the family film genres. I’ll admit that I wasn’t looking forward to this film very much, mainly because when you think of Scorsese, you think of dark and violent masterpieces like “The Departed” and “Taxi Driver”– not 3D children’s films.
I am very happy to say that this film surpassed all of my expectations.
The first thing that I have to talk about regarding this film is the 3D. I saw it in this format, and I was amazed. Scorsese used the format pitch-perfectly in “Hugo,” and I think that this is the best 3D film that I have ever seen. Yes, even better than “Avatar.” The experience is so believable that I actually forgot I was watching a film until the credits started rolling.
You either see this film in 3D, or you don’t see it at all.
The acting in “Hugo” is marvelous. Newcomer Asa Butterfield delivers a strong lead, while others such as Sacha Baron Cohen (“Borat”), Chloe Grace Moretz (“Let Me In”) and Ben Kingsley (“Gandhi,” “Schindler’s List”) give truly electrifying performances. There was no weak link in the entire cast.
The only problem that some people might have with this film is that it gets a little slow in some scenes. I can see many children being bored with it.
Critics are calling this movie Scorsese’s love letter to film. It is nothing less than a masterpiece, at least in my eyes. The acting was terrific, the script was fantastic, and the 3D was the best that I have ever seen.
Expect this to be up for some Oscars in February. If you’ve ever had a childlike dream, you must see “Hugo.” This is easily one of my favorite films of the year.
I give “Hugo” five out of five stars. Go see it!
Adam Rolseth is a freelance writer and movie reviewer. To read more of Adam’s reviews, visit finchetreviews.com.