Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hugo Movie Review


Grade:  B+

We recently had a chance to get back to the movies.  This has been the longest break in movie-going for us.  We just haven't wanted to see anything since....The Help.

Our venture back into film-land was to see Hugo, Martin Scorsese's first family friendly movie.  I am not normally drawn to Scorsese films as his brutal reality doesn't appeal to my Pollyanna sensibilities.  Although I've seen a couple of his films (Casino...ahhhgh), I was really happy for an opportunity to venture into a less grizzly world with him.

Hugo, is the story of a young orphan in post war Paris who lives in and behind the walls of the Parisian train station. Young Hugo is driven to finish a project he started with his father in the hopes that he can find answers to his struggles and loneliness.  Along the way he meets Isabelle and her Papa Georges and this is when the real mystery begins.

The movie is visually stunning.  We chose not to go to the 3D version as the timing just didn't work.  Plus, we are usually underwhelmed with 3D.  If you are a 3D fan though, I suspect that seeing a Scorsese 3D might be well worth the effort.  Maybe we missed something...we may never know, but I still loved the movie.

My favorite part of the movie has to do with the "historical" back story that runs through the film.  I won't ruin it for you but if you enjoy early film history, then you will really love this film.

I would not recommend this for younger children.  Not that there is anything particularly bad in it, just that the story is somewhat complex and they may get lost and bored.  I'd suggest 10 and older might be the right age.  (Or maybe a very mature 8 year old.  What do I know.)

Go see Hugo this holiday season.  I think you will really enjoy yourself.


  1. thanks for the review. i'm sure we will see when it comes to dvd. the book that this was based on is good!

  2. Kelly..I didn't realize there was a book. I'll need to find it.

  3. I need to get back to the movies soon. Before I moved to my new state I was catching the Dollar shows in the summer and have not been to see one since.

    Hugo sounds like a very interesting movie/story. I'll have to make a note of it... Thanks for stopping by my blog.