“Hugo” is a No Go for Me

Genres: Drama, Adaptation and Kids/Family
Release Date: November 23rd, 2011 (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic material, some action/peril, and smoking.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Director: Martin Scorsese

JJ Rating: B-

Hugo (Asa Butterfield) and his father (Jude Law) work on an animatron that his father found in the museum's attic. His father dies before they get it working. Hugo takes it on full time, stealing to get the parts he thinks he needs. He reaches for the wrong thing and in the process loses his notebook. He befriends Isabelle (Choloe Grace Moretz) and together they work to bring the animatron alive. An adventure of information of the past comes to life. Hugo.

4 Good Things About This Film

  1. I really liked the old time feel. The simple story line harken to films from way, way back when.
  2. The characters. Especially the smaller stories that happened in the background like the adorable older couple.
  3. The actors were very good. Asa Butterfield, Cloe Grace Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley all did a wonderful job. Cohen surprised me. He brought charm to a harden security guard.
  4. The look. I did not see it in 3D. I read that it's amazing in 3D. If you must know. I didn't want to see it in 3D. I was 3D'ed out. That didn't keep from seeing how fantastic the film looked from all the different angles. Martin Scorsese has a great knack for showing beauty in the mundane, from the workings of a clock to a “boring” black and white film. Hugo is beautifully shot.

4 Bad Things About This Film

  1. It was way too boring for me. I couldn't get into the story.
  2. The trailer made me think that the film had something awesome to offer toward the end.
  3. The emotional end wasn't for me.
  4. I don't know what it was considering I like the actors, their acting and the visuals. There was something that didn't connect from screen to me.

I'm willing to admit that I missed something in the translation of this film. I couldn't get into it and the ratings from IMDB to Yahoo to Flixster show people love it. I normally understand where they're coming from. But not this time, I don't get it. Maybe I need to see it again. If you have to see a film in 3D to appreciate it, then maybe boring is right for the the lack of story. 


Theo Academy said...

I agree 100 percent. I also think that the side stories, like the one with Sacha Baron Cohen and the girl he liked, were great and amusing. Another thing to add onto the list of bad things is that everyone had a British accents even though they were in France. It's the same with every live action kids movie

J_Jammer said...

That's true. Accents don't bother me for some reason. I can't recall when an accent has bothered me. I don't know why, but you're right, they did have British accents in a French setting. It's weird.

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