Sunday, February 19, 2012

Movie Review: Hugo

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in the 1930s in Paris. He fixes clocks and other gadgets as he learned to from his father and uncle. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his father is an automaton that doesn't work; Hugo has to find its heart-shaped key. On his adventures, he meets with a cranky old man who works in the train station and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and as he discovers it, the old man starts remembering his past and his significance to the world of film-making.

Released: 2011
Runtime: 127 mins
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Buy: Amazon (UK) || Amazon (US)

Hugo is one of the most well advertised movies of 2011 and already nominated for Golden Globes and Oscars. Except that, the trailer looks more than amazing and it totally makes you want to watch the movie.

I have to say i was a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, the graphics, the cinematography, the music is simply perfect. The whole movie is an wow from visual aspect even though i didn't watch the 3D version, which is been said it's one of the best out there. An amazing cast of known and unknown actors, are featured in the movie and all of them, with Ben Kingsley on top, did an amazing job. And the music fits so well every scene, that it totally brings it to life.

BUT, there were some things i need to mention. 1) The trailer is really misleading. It's too magical, and adventurous while the movie is quite slow and has a heavy feeling. Not exactly a happy movie. 2) The movie is supposed to be for kids, but i highly doubt they will enjoy it that much. Probably they will fall asleep. 3)It was a little confusing. The plot line felt a little dead to me, and it was after the first half that got me really interested. It was missing something. It had a beautiful message, but didn't catch my attention that much.It felt like doesn't have a purpose most of the time. It's not a movie, to watch a second time for sure. Too big, too slow, not much to keep you awake. Not really an adventure. Or better it's more of an adventure of mind, that what we have in mind as real adventure.

I mostly recommend the movie for everything else than the plotline. And  better watch in Blu-Ray. It will be beautiful.


  1. What a fascinating review! I loved the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret and thought the pictures and the story were beautiful. I haven't had the chance to see the movie yet- but now I am even more curious to see it after reading your review. I want to know if the movie is like the book or if it is different. Now that I think of it the book wasn't a happy book, but a well-written one. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I didn't like the film too. I expected so much about it because of the great trailer and award nominations. But when I see on big screen I'm disappointed. The pacing is dragging and it's not as magical as I expected it to be. My sister fell who was with me at that time fell asleep while watching.

    1. I know right? It got amazingly many awards! :S My friends wanted to watch it, and i was like "no way i'm not watching it again!"

  3. i haven't seen the trailer so i saw the movie without knowing what it was going to be like..i liked it, it was a good movie, it had good performances and the story was interesting, but i was not amazed by it...


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