Writer: Naseem RandhawaWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
“Amelie” & “Oliver’s Twist”
Unlike any Scorsese film, which is usually a gritty medley of hard hitting dialogues and equally tough violence as seen in "Taxi Driver", "The Goodfellas" and so on, comes the magical tale of "Hugo" adapted from Brian Selznick's novel "The Invention Of Hugo Cabret" which is so far off Scorsese's style, however this first 3D film of his may just as well be his magnum opus.
The 3D version is by far the best use the technology has been put through with "Hugo", as it seems that the movie is specifically designed to visually enthral audiences. Don't expect big flashy explosions and car crashes in 3D, instead expect a more 'artsy' approach if you will.
"Hugo" is a tale of an orphan named Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield), who lives amongst the inner workings of the hustle and bustle of a Parisian train station in the 30's, taking care of its many giant clocks while trying to collect the parts needed to fix an automaton (a robot doll) which has the ability to write. Believing that the automaton will reveal a secret message from his dead father (Jude Law), Hugo's quest to fix it then leads him to get acquainted with the station's many colourful patrons, such as the bitter toy shop owner Georges Melies (Ben Kingsley), his friendly niece, Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz), the scary train station authority figure, Inspector Gustave (Sacha Baron Cohen) and more.
The title lead played by 14-year-old English actor Asa Butterfield is a great marvel to watch as his striking blue eyes first noticed in the Holocaust drama "The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas", still manages to convey a sense of sympathy from the audience through his plight, as he tries to find an answer for his father's untimely death.
Apart from Butterfield, Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz are equally impressive with their respective roles however that of Sacha Baron Cohen's deserves a worthy mention, as Cohen proves that he is capable to explore more deeper and meaningful roles by playing the strict Inspector Gustave who has a limp and harbours a secret crush for a florist, than he would let on with his Ali G, Borat, Bruno and The Dictator personalities.
Overall, after winning 5 Oscars, "Hugo" serves up to be a wonderful tale about humanity that will leave a warm feeling in one's heart, while feasting the eyes with a visual masterpiece of truly epic proportions.
"Hugo" is also offered in the standard 35mm version as well as in 2D.Cinema Online, 06 March 2012