It took me a long time to buy the DVD for "Hugo" as I changed my mind so many times. I love children's/family films that are full of magic and fantasy and, from the trailer and the front of the DVD box, this looked exactly my sort of film. However, on reading some reviews, I was disappointed to see that the film seemed to concentrate more on the silent film era than on magic and fantasy. So at various times I put it into my shopping basket and then changed my mind and took it out again. Eventually, the DVD became available at just £4.99 and I took a chance. I am so glad that I did as this film turned out to be just as magical as any Harry Potter film, although in a totally different way
Right from the beautiful opening shots, you are transported into Hugo's world of a Paris train station and the rest of the film just carries you along. Yes, the story is simple and there are no magic spells or mythical creatures but I was completely enthralled in Hugo Cabret's story and the intricate, elegant world he lives in. I am not sure if this film would entrance children who are used to a more exciting film experience but if they have the patience to stick with it I think they will find a film to enchant.
The performances are excellent with Sir Ben Kingsley putting in a wonderful star turn as George Méliès and there are a lot of little cameos throughout including Richard Griffiths, Frances De La Tour and Ray Winston. The two young stars (Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz) both do an outstanding job holding their own in such talented company with Asa Butterfield especially bringing an extra quality to his role as Hugo. I must also make mention of Helen McCrory in the role of George Méliès wife Mama Jeane. I found her performance particularly moving as she effortlessly showed the strength and love of a woman who must protect her husband from a past he wants to forget but that she is desperate to re-claim.
I have to say that I was not looking forward to Sacha Baron Cohen playing the role of the Station Inspector as I am not a fan of his and from the beginning he did grate. Then half way through the film there's a conversation between the Station Inspector and the flower seller (Emily Mortimer) and all of a sudden a different, softer side appeared that made me look at the character in a whole new way. Yes, the character still grated throughout the film but Sacha Baron Cohen had managed to add a depth to the role that surprised me.
In the end though,what makes this film so watchable is the art direction and cinematography. It is simply stunning with beautiful shots over and through the city of Paris and through the intricacate workings of the giant station clocks. I really loved the design of the automaton and thought that was beautifully realised Put all of that together with some excellent acting and a story that is magical without any magic and you have a film I will gladly watch again and again.
For starters, the film is amazing - it is a perfect balance of whimsical fantasy and deep heart and emotion. "Hugo" is such an amazing love-letter to the conception of cinema, in a way that only Martin Scorsese could do - it's beautifully shot, wonderfully acted and superbly scripted. There's not a moment in the whole film that the story lags or stops; it continues at a deliberate pace, keeping the viewer constantly entertained. But please don't be fooled into thinking it's simply a childish film - there is something here for everyone and anyone, even though its PG rating may fool you. With that out of the way, we can talk about the actual DVD itself; in a time when most special features are reserved for the Blu-Ray release (which, in itself, is infuriating), "Hugo" is a breath of fresh air - the DVD version contains the same amount of bonus features as the Blu-Ray! These features are in depth and brilliantly focused; there is a making of documentary, an entertaining commentary and a superb featurette on George Melise, who, if you watch the film, you will know and recognise. It's a perfect film, complimented by an awesome release - and you'd be silly to miss it!
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. From legendary Director Martin Scorsese comes a fantastic new 3D family adventure. Hugo is an orphan, clock keeper, and thief living in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. When his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station (Ben Kingsley) Hugo's undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy - whilst constantly having to hide from the threat of being sent to the orphanage by the unrelenting Station Inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen). A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father (Jude Law) form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery. Also featuring Christopher Lee, Ray Winstone and Emily Mortimer. Actors Chloë Grace Moretz, Jude Law, Michael Pitt, Christopher Lee, Emily Mortimer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Ray Winstone, Helen McCrory, Asa Butterfield, Richard Griffiths, Michael Stuhlbarg, Frances de la Tour & Angus Barnett Director Martin Scorsese Certificate Universal Suitable for All Year 2011 Languages English Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.
Martin Scorsese makes his first foray into children's cinema with this semi-fantastical drama based on a book by Brian Selznick. Asa Butterfield stars as Hugo, an orphan who lives in the hidden nooks of a train station in 1920s Paris. With the help of his friend, Isabelle (Chloë Moretz), he sets out to solve a mystery left behind by his late father (Jude Law): a curious puzzle involving a heart-shaped key, a cranky toy shop owner (Ben Kingsley) and a broken automaton. Along the way, the tangled lives of the staff and passengers at the station provide numerous colourful detours, and Scorsese pays homage to early pioneers of cinema including the Lumiere brothers and Georges Méliès. The film was nominated for eleven Oscars and won five awards including Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.