Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Movie review: Hugo

I don't get to the movies nearly as often as I'd like, and 99.9% of the time I do get to the movies, it's to see something that Best Girl wants to see--although to be fair, I usually want to see the same movies! We were lucky enough to get to the movies twice over Thanksgiving weekend, and I absolutely fell in love with both films.

First up was Hugo on the Wednesday of Thanksgiving weekend (actually, opening night). At first I was a little upset because I'd thought we were seeing the 2D version of the movie, but actually it was the 3D version. I don't really get the love for 3D of live-action movies--honestly I think they're a waste of time.

Not Hugo, though! Martin Scorsese is a genius--this film was absolutely stunning in every way, and the 3D was absolutely perfect. It was a gorgeous film visually, the cast was perfect for the roles, and I felt the story line stayed very true to Brian Selznick's Caldecott-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret (it has been a while since I've read the book, though). Best Girl was impressed, as well, although she felt the film ran a little long. But, considering that she had zero interest in this movie before seeing the trailer, I felt it captured her interest rather well. And can I just say that Sacha Baron Cohen is absolutely spectacular as the Station Inspector. He is a magnificent actor.

There was only one other couple in the theater when we arrived--it did fill up, but didn't get anywhere close to selling-out status. Other family members hadn't even heard of the film when I mentioned it during the holiday, and I honestly don't think the trailer did this movie any justice. I hope that this beautiful film isn't going to be swept away too quickly, and that it will find its proper audience.

The review of the second film we watched will be posted soon!
Enjoy your reading (and viewing!)


  1. The movie itself runs a bit long at 127 minutes, but Hugo is worth every minute for the visual feast it provides, and features Scorsese in probably his most delightful and elegant mood ever, especially with all of the beautiful 3-D. Good review. Check out mine when you can.

  2. I loved the book, and I've been nervous that the movie wouldn't do it justice. How do you translate Brian Selznick's fantastic pencil illustrations into a movie? I will see it because it does look beautifully done (also, Jude Law is my *imaginary* boyfriend and I see everything he's in). I am so glad to know that you enjoyed it!

    Karis @YA Litwit


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