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Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father (Jude Law) and Uncle Claude (Ray Winstone) which he puts to use in keeping the train station clocks running. He scrounges for food from the vendors and steals mechanical parts from the owner of a toy shop, Georges Melies (Ben Kingsley). The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn’t work without a special key which Hugo needs to find to unlock the secret he believes it contains. Hugo finds that this secret has a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he later discovers that the key unlocks some memories Georges Melies has buried inside regarding his past. On his adventures, Hugo meets Georges Melies` goddaughter, Isabelle (Chloë Grace Moretz) and together they work to unlock the secret past of Georges Melies.
Going into this movie I was expecting great things. Everyone told me how good Hugo was, so I was expecting to be blown away. The fact that it had been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscar was also a good sign. Unfortunately, Hugo was a big fizzle in my opinion. It took quite a long time for the story to develop. The constant chasing around the Train Station by the Station Inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen) and Hugo, made me a little drowsy at the start. The story did get interesting when the kids discovered that that Georges Melies was actually a famous movie director from the early days of film. The cinematography was also nice, but that can only carry a movie so far.
Overall, I’d give Hugo and average 5/10 stars. Not sure what the big hoopla was about. Wait for the DVD… It’s not really worth the extra $3 to watch it in 3D. Happy Viewing!
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