Film stills © 2011 – GK Films
“Hugo” was one of those films which I wasn’t in a rush to see, probably because I didn’t know much about it. However, one day I decided to go see it – and I’m really glad I saw it in the theater.
The main plot of the movie was sweet, but it was the true themes of the movie which kept me involved. “Hugo” brings to the audience’s attention how film has developed and changed since it’s invention. I was only able to see this movie in 3-D, since 2-D was not an option. This usually bothers me, but I think this movie should be seen in 3-D. It’s not that it brings more to the story, like most action 3-D movies do, but this movie is about the invention of film as a technology. It seems only right that a movie like this should be shown in the newest form of film technology. A film which talks about how the first moving pictures scared the audience because they thought it was real, being show in a media which is suppose to add realism (which I believe is debatable).
Like “The Artist”, “Hugo” focuses on an older form of film. However, where the “Artist” uses symbolism to make a statement on film history, “Hugo” uses it’s plot directly give the audience a film history lesson. For a huge film history buff like me, seeing so many silent film clips from the early days of film on the big screen was amazing. I am happy to see a popular film like “Hugo” showing these images, and sharing these stories. Many people today have never seen these old films, and they are important treasures in our history.
Moving on from symbolism and underlying themes, “Hugo” is a wonderfully sweet (and comedic) story which is perfect for children and adults alike. Asa Butterfield is wonderful as Hugo and is surrounded by an amazing cast (Ben Kingsley, Sasha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone, Jude Law, Christopher Lee, and Richard Griffiths, which doesn’t even name them all). This film not only entertains, but teaches you something at the same time.