Review: Hugo

Release Date: November 23, 2011
Actors: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG
Current Location: DVD
3/5 Robots: Redemption in the second half!

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

I saw this movie in theaters around the first week it was released. The theatre was empty except for my sister and me. It's definitely a cooler experience watching a movie on the big screen and being ale to openly talk to the your friends. But you also lack the feeling of an audience. The funny scenes are somehow less humorous because you don't have a chorus of laughter filling the room.

I will say that I did enjoy this movie...the second half of it anyway. The first half dragged on, and on, and on. It felt as if Martin Scorsese cared more about the story line of the ex-director than the title character. This left the movie pacing awkward and tiresome. We had debated numerous times whether to actually walk out of the theater! I have never left a movie in the middle of it, but Hugo didn't just suffer from slow was boring.

The redeeming aspect of the film, which is why it's getting three robots instead of one or two, was the second half. Scorsese obviously took time and care to develop the story line he enjoyed more. The focus shifts from the boy in the train station to the old man who was involved with the evolution of cinema. Here is where the movie takes shape and exudes life. It suddenly became interesting, and we suddenly forgot about leaving the theater early.

Is this an Oscar worth film? To put it I feel as if Harry Potter deserved more praise for its work than Hugo. But yet here is another example in Oscar history that the voters choose to ignore a blockbuster movie, while choosing another movie based solely on the person behind the camera. That's right, I'm calling him out. I do feel like Martin Scorsese is the reason this film is nominated this year. If such an acclaimed man wasn't the mind behind the project, I'm not sure we'd be seeing it on the ballot.

I recommend this film for anyone who liked Martin Scorsese...minus the blood and plus the family fun.

Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Cinematography, Costume Design, Art Direction, Film Editing, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay
(11 total nominations) 


  1. I was going to check this one out but now I'm not so sure. :/ I don't like anything that drags on. Thanks for the review.

  2. Thanks for the review. I think my boys would still love to see this movie.