HUGO 9 ½
Imagine, a first class Hollywood film, minus any sex scenes, car chases, bullets flying and not one “F” word. Yes, it is possible, and its title is “Hugo.” One of the most delightful movies in a long time, complete with a stirring and imaginative plot, wonderful cinematography and first-class actors who are infinitely believable in their respective rolls.
“Hugo” is a young orphan who miraculously ends up living inside the clock mechanisms of a Paris train station, circa early 1930s. His father, who died in a fire, left behind a mechanical man who young Hugo tries desperately to bring to repair, but is met with obstacles in the person of a mean old man, a station vendor played by Sir. Ben Kingsley, and a station security officer played by Sacha Cohen. Eventually,Hugo (played marvelously by Asa Butterfield whose actual age is 14) is befriended by a young girl which leads the two of them into a quasi-fantasy adventure until they discover the mean old man has a secret history which enthralls the boy and everyone in the audience as well.
The movie gets better as the time passes, and toward the end, the viewer will be surprised to learn a great deal about the origin of movie making.
I cannot imagine this picture not receiving an Oscar nomination, particularly in directing (Martine Scorsese), costume, make-up, set design, screenplay and actor, for Ben Kingsley.
Jude Law plays a small role as well.
If you appreciate good movie making, you’ll appreciate “Hugo.” Here’s a trailer: