I didn’t want to expect much from Hugo. I was biased. After an overdose of fantasy literature and movies, the trailers and a comment from one Daniel Radcliffe about the Oscar snub of Harry Potter movies threw me even farther from watching Hugo.
And yet, there were a few reasons to watch the movies. Those reasons were: Martin Scorsese. Martin Scorsese. Martin Scorsese.
The man has created such a 3D visual treat that is unprecedented, even James Cameron has to bow down to this. The camera moves from unexpected angles really making the setting and characters real instead of the shoddy embossed feeling that some recent 3D movies came up with. When almost every remotely fantasy related movie started to show up in not so good 3D, audience doesn’t get much excited about a 3D movie anymore.
Something about the way ‘Hugo’ is shot, makes it visually so powerful that even its slow pace doesn’t bother those who are sucked into its colourful canvas. The first half of the movie takes its time to help us soak in the visualization of Paris and the railway station, the boy who fixes things and his book-loving friend who wants to find a purpose, a sulky old toy shop owner, a goofy but scary station inspector and these characters are established as they should be in a children’s story.
Scorsese has moved to another level with Hugo. And on top of that, he even pays a homage to the beginning of the world of cinema through a character. Through a story that shows much respect to books, machines and cinema history, Scorsese celebrates human creativity with an extra dimension in ‘Hugo’.
Hugo isn’t the kind of movie that one should watch at home on a TV or a computer screen. If you do get a chance, watch it on the big screen with the 3D glasses on.