Hugo

Tuesday, September 27 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Hugo

JOY REVIEW

Hugo is Martin Scorsese’s holiday gift to us and valentine to the movies. It’s his first movie in 3D, and it stars Ben Kingsley, Sasha Baron Cohen, yeah that Sasha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield who plays the kid Hugo, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ray Winstone, whom I love, and Emily Mortimer. The story is of a young motherless boy, which is a little upsetting but kind of classic Disney, even though this isn’t Disney. The kid’s father, Jude Law is teaching him how to be a clock maker when he is killed in the first, like, five minutes of the movie, which is a little alarming. Hugo then lives in the Paris train station fixing the clocks, because he knows that if anybody realizes he doesn’t have a father he’ll be carted off to the orphanage. Just in case we’re not clear about that, there is another kid who is actually carted off to the orphanage. So, the acting is terrific here and the sentiment is wonderful. It’s really just a lovely movie and Scorsese is obviously having a wonderful time, and if you look very carefully you’ll see him playing; it’s not even a cameo, he just sort of shows up a la Alfred Hitchcock at one point. This is just really a lovely movie. It is in 3D, and the 3D works well enough. I’m not sure that it really needed to be in 3D, to be quite honest, but no real objection to it. I’ll give it four and a half stars, in fact I’d give it four and three quarters. I’m not sure why I’m not giving it five, maybe because I had to wear the stupid glasses, but it’s really a delight. Young kids will be scared by it, but for the rest of us it’s really a lovely movie. Four and a half stars.

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