7.52 h 6 min2011X-RayHDRUHDPG
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.
Martin Scorsese
Ben KingsleySacha Baron CohenAsa Butterfield
English [CC]
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Chloe Grace MoretzRay WinstoneEmily MortimerJude Law
Graham KingTim HeadingtonMartin ScorseseJohnny Depp
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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judy johnisReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie, very clean
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Hugo has many unexpected twists to the storyline. Its a keeper and can be watched again and again.
Phillip AllenReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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When this film first came out, I saw it. And understood next to nothing. Boring. Long. Pointless. Incoherent. All the nonsense you'll doubtless read in all of the negative reviews. Of course, the film wasn't the problem; I was. My utter lack of understanding, my own ignorance.

Now, of course, i see it with fresh eyes and the distinct advantage of deeper understanding. And it all makes perfect sense. This isn't a film about some old man at the turn of the last century; or about some boy living in a train station; or about automatons. This is a film about film and filmmaking. What else would Scorsese make this film about? All throughout this film there are "clips", recreations of famous films from the beginning, the foundations, of filmmaking. I still haven't caught on to them all, but at least now I know they are there, in this gorgeous, heartbreakingly beautiful work of art.

I suppose it is quite the ultimate irony -- the meaning and purpose of film. One of the solid truths you learn from Hugo is that film is not literal. Even "documentaries" are not documentaries. The moment an image is captured on film, it departs the realm of the real and enters the world of the dream. ALL films do this. Every one. Even the coldest, most "literal" documentary you can name ultimately becomes a collective human dream. This is what makes people who protest films for one stupid reason or another so pathetic, so ignorant, worse than the lowest worm slithering through the mud. They try (always unsuccessfully) to concretize, to literalize works of art. And it matters not that one person says this work of art is "good" and that one is "bad". These are meaningless terms, which belong to the world of life. While art belongs exclusively to the world of the mind, of dreams. While it is true that all art if valid; it is also true that some art (in my opinion only) is garbage. That doesn't make it any less a work of art. It just might be a very poor work of art. Still, it is art.

This is just one of the many details this film is trying to teach us. You can never judge a work of art based upon your own personal prejudices. That's like judging the taste of a wedding cake based upon the rules of automobile design and construction. The two disciplines are unrelated. The only valid judgement for film is the heart, the state of one's soul. A pure soul, a pure heart, will see the meaning in film, especially THIS film. A corrupt heart and soul will see nothing of value, because the value relates and pertains to the heart, to the soul.

Obviously, I strongly recommend this film. As stated elsewhere, I never give 5 stars to any film other than those that prove themselves to be the very best works of art; that touch the heart and soul in the most profound way; that attain the very pinnacle of perfection. This film, Hugo, more than deserves 5 stars. It is a masterpiece of dream making, as Georges Méliès himself would so rightly have said.
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RSvKReviewed in the United States on July 26, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Forgotten history of cinema
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A lovely story about a small boy who keeps the clocks of the Paris train station running after his father dies, then meets a crotchety old man who turns out to be a real historic figure in cinema before the studios. Remember the the group who get into a rocket that shoots the Man in the Moon in the eye? Starring Asa Butterfield and Sacha Baron Cohen.
BenReviewed in the United States on March 4, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Film That Makes You Appreciate Films
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'Hugo' tells the story of a boy named Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) who only wants to find his purpose in life. He spends his days in a Parisian train station running the clocks and observing the everyday activities of interesting side characters. Hugo is an orphan whose father (Jude Law) died in a museum fire and the only thing Hugo has left of him is a mechanical man called an automaton. Hugo believes that by fixing the automaton, he will recover a message from his father and will find just what part he is in the great machine that is the world.

Hugo meets a crusty old toymaker (Ben Kingsley) while trying to steal parts for the automaton. The toymaker, who is first known as Papa Georges, takes a notebook from Hugo, which is vital in helping Hugo fix the automaton. After following Papa Georges to his home in hopes of getting his notebook back, Hugo meets Isabelle (Chloe Moretz). Isabelle soon becomes Hugo's only friend and through their adventures, they find out that there's more to Papa Georges than meets the eye.

While this is all going on, Hugo has to avoid capture by the ruthless station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen). What's eventually revealed is that Papa Georges is the forgotten filmmaker Georges Melies, who is in the most simple terms, one of the most important pioneers in film history. A great appreciation for what Melies did is found, but more importantly, 'Hugo' makes any movie-goer appreciate the magic that is the movies in a way that brings warmth to the hearts of all who witness it.

Butterfield does a fine job in the title role. Subtle and sensitive, he makes the character of Hugo believable. Moretz is delightful as Isabelle. Something tells me that she has potential to do greater things. Baron Cohen moves beyond 'Borat' and 'Bruno' and shows true acting chops while providing some needed comic relief in what is other wise a serious film. Baron Cohen certainly stands out as one of the strongest members of a wonderful supporting cast. The supporting cast includes: the station inspector's flower lady love interest (Emily Mortimer), two lovers separated by a dog (Frances de la Tour, Richard Griffiths), and Georges Melies' wife Mama Jeanne who is played by Helen McCrory with a gentle sensitivity and compassion for her husband. All of these people add much-appreciated personality and delight that makes the difference between a great and excellent movie. Kingsley, as Melies, is nothing short of sensational. This was, in my eyes, a huge snub for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars.

'Hugo' is one of the most visually dazzling movies you will ever see. It boasts the best use of modern 3D technology since 'Avatar'. It is a beautiful portrait of a movie that secures its excellence with a strong cast, compelling story, and a superb directing job by Martin Scorsese. 'Hugo' will leave you feeling wonderful while instilling a greater appreciation for how far films have come and how it can be a masterful form of art. A+

As for the product, 'Hugo' has to be one of the best movies that one can view in Blu-ray. A film that is filled with stunning CGI visuals and Oscar-winning cinematography, Blu-ray brings out the best of this visual masterpiece. I do not have capabilities to view the 3D version right now, but I bought it anyway as an investment for the future that is worth it. There will come a time when every TV and Blu-ray player will be able to play 3D. That future is not so far away.

I want to address complaints about the Ultra Violet digital copy. All one has to do is copy the code into the 'Redeem' section of the iTunes Store homepages (top right-hand corner of the page) or follow the other instructions on the bottom half of the instructions (gray background). In short, do not mess with the Ultra Violet part if you don't want to risk it.
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Shannon EllisReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie
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This was a good movie, think it is s for older children than younger. Great story.
bam02Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Movie but confusing for kids!
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I like the movie and the creativity it brings. It is a lot of complex plot changes for a kid to understand.
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Karen BReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Quality movie
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Loved this movie and enjoy having a personal copy.
EveReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
A unique children's movie from a master
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Hugo is one of those rare children's film that doesn't treat children like, well, children. The story is far from saccharine--even if it is a tad improbable, that is the idea of adventure. And, much like this year's The Artist, it is also a love story to film that is probably lost to kids, but very clear to adults. What is also very clear in the story is the open-eyed wonder of the world with which the children approach everything. For them, all is possible and should be. And the adults, in their various ways, encourage or otherwise enable that. Scorsese manages to create a near magical sense in a story that absolutely no real magic.

Chloe Moretz continues to impress me. In many ways she's already becoming an adult actor as her child roles (e.g., Kick-Ass or Let Me In) are not exactly your typical children; they're very much adults in child bodies. This role is a partial exception in that her character's outlook is a bit naive, but she is still very much her own person and taking care of herself and others.

And in the titular role, Asa Butterfield looks to be an excellent choice for the upcoming Ender's Game movie. He managed a subtlety of expression not often available to young actors and was as comfortable in silence as he was talking.

Some of the strengths of the film were also some of its weaknesses, which is why this wasn't quite a 5 star film for me. Over time, and re-watch, I may change my mind on that, but initially it hasn't quite cleared that bar. The dual edge is that it is a children's film through and through. Where some films of similar quality manage that and still have rich dialogue and realistic action, both the direction and dialogue left it feeling like a children's story to me. The adults were somewhat thin and over-acted. The kids weren't far from Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney putting on a show in their attitude. That doesn't quite capture what I'm trying to put my finger on here, but it is as close as I can come at the moment. And, to be fair, that doesn't make it bad, it just doesn't make it something I needed to own right right away (though I eventually gave in just for the visuals). It has neither the pure escapist magic that makes a children's movie unavoidably endearing, nor is it quite adult enough that it speaks to my inner child in a compelling way that requires me to have it on-call for bad or confusing days where I need a vacation or guidance.

Interestingly, for me, was that I've experienced something of what the Kingsley role went through. In my last major move across country, 20 years of photos from my years in theatre were lost due to exhaustion and bad judgement during packing. My entire identity felt ripped away, and still does, for that aspect of my life. But even with that direct connection, his story wasn't quite central enough for me to latch in whole-heartedly.

This is an extraordinary movie and will be remembered for a long time--in fact, I suspect its success will grow over time as more people discover it now that the Oscars have graced it with so many statuettes. And who know that Marty had such a soft center underneath all that darkness and violence?
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