Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Let’s face it, Martin Scorsese, who directed Hugo, is not known as a filmmaker who makes family-friendly entertainment. Scorsese’s movies are usually filled with violence, blood, action and a few gangsters for good measure. You will not find any of that in Hugo. In fact, Hugo is an example of how good a family movie can be. It’s entertaining, uplifting, encouraging, and restores our hope in the human spirit.
Hugo’s only connection to his deceased father is an automaton (a mechanical man) found by his father at the Museum where he worked. Unfortunately, the automaton was damaged in the fire that killed his father. Hugo must steal spare parts in hopes of restoring the mechanical man because he believes the automaton contains a message from his father.
As I said, Hugo is a delightful film on so many levels. The film pays tribute to the early origins of filmmaking. Although Hugo is a fictional tale, the movie depicts the story of Georges Melies, a pioneer filmmaker who made dozens of films around the turn of the century. Melies’ movie, Voyage to the Moon, considered a groundbreaking movie by many film historians, is featured prominently in Hugo.
The themes and message are timeless and connect on a real emotional level. This is positive, family entertainment at its best. Hugo comes highly recommended and is worth every minute of your time.