(this is irrelevant but the look of this movie reminded me a lot of Professor Layton..)
Compared to for example Tornatore's odes to cinema like 'Cinema Paradiso' or 'L'uomo delle stelle', Scorsese's Hugo falls short of imagination, passion and soul. Despite what Cameron thinks about the 3D in this movie, I don't think Mélies is turning around in his grave, but I bet he would at least be a bit grumpy about this.
Scorsese ci regala una bellissima fiaba senza tempo,in una suggestiva cornice esaltata da una fantastica fotografia e carrellate indimenticabili.Una vicenda personale toccante che si unisce ad un sublime elogio del cinema, visto non più come lavoro o come forma di intrattenimento, ma come una vera" fabbrica creatrice di sogni." Se non ti emozioni con Hugo e non riesci a sognare.....sei una persona cattiva.4*
Visuals are so promising that when the plot failed to meet my expectations, I was even more deeply disappointed. That said, Scorsese's love for film and its beginnings is very clear and quite invigorating. Thus he managed to capture my attention through the story of Georges Méliès, but his story and Hugo's story don't even overlap too well. I haven't read the book this is based off but don't imagine it's very good...
It's great that Scorsese made a mainstream film that celebrated (and pulls me further on into investigating) the films of Georges Méliès and early cinema, bringing film preservation to young audiences as well. I just wish Scorsese made a film that was actually good, rather than a mediocre family film, whose segments about classic cinema seemed as obtuse as when stereotypical 'fanboys' talk about movies.
Poor Hugo, he's just an excuse for Scorsese to tell us how much he loves Méliès. Which could be ok, if the movie actually showcased any sense of wonder or fun... when it almost does, it's mostly in the Méliès movies' bits, since the rest is little more than endless exposition brought to us by cardboard characters. Spielberg? This is more like Chris Columbus-lite with more money thrown in.
I guess it's a light 4. Quite good storytelling but not so much delighted with all the CGI happening in the movie. The editing was the most well made element in Hugo, giving a strong sense of magic alongside with the Melies storyline which is beyond charming when talking about the love on cinema.