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Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday's Four Words: Hugo



Hugo in Four Words: What the hell, Scorsese?

And then some: I know Scorsese is an award winning, blood-drenched, heart-wrenching, everyone-dies-in-agony type of movie director. But he's also good. So, with Hugo I was expecting something suitably epic, heart-wrenching, but in a fun, happily-ever-after for kids kind of way.

I didn't really care for it.

The whole point of the film took a drastic left-turn in a WTF-sense. From the beginning, I'd had this movie billed as: A smart, savvy orphan kid lives in a Parisian train station in order to fix the Automaton he and his father had found in the dark corners of a museum, so fixing the machine brings orphan kid closer to lost father. I don't know if it was the trailers that ruined it, but the mystery of the Automaton was violently dropped in favor of a visually stunning rant on one of the director's passions—restoring old film. I'm not quite sure where the train derailed along the way, but many of my expectations were thrown violently off track. And not in a good way. The whole point of the mystery took a serious and honestly boring turn. 

The sad part is that my favorite part of the movie had absolutely nothing to do with the mystery of the Automaton, or Orphan kid's tinkering with it, or the old film bits. It was with the train station inspector (played well by Baron Sacha Cohen of Borat fame), who when not chasing orphans and carting them off to jail/the orphanage, tried his best to woo a young flower girl. Losing his nerve whenever his leg brace would lock up, and feeling overwhelmingly self-conscious, he nevertheless tried to get the girl.

This however, had little to nothing to do with the movie at all. In fact none of the secondary characters had any real use or point...

Was it an interesting film? Some of it, yes. Would I recommend it? No.


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