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Hugo (2011)

aka Hugo

"The Invention of Hugo Cabret"

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Details: 126 mins · English, Español, French, Czech · PG (USA)

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Any filmmakers will love the history and the film aspects of this movie. However, as a filmmaker, I did not enjoy this movie. The acting was forced, and this is definitely not the director's genre. Martin wanted to make a movie his children could watch, but instead he made a movie with stunning cinematography, good little moments, and not much else.
The overall story falls flat when it includes too many details and leads to the mystery that turn into something else entirely. The best part of the film was the first 10 minutes when no one talked. That was entertaining to watch. The main child actor's monologues were very melodramatic and Chloe's performance was very monochromatic.
The best part about the movie were the side characters' stories. Cohen gave an amazing performance, and the love stories between him and the flower girl and the woman with the dog were enchanting to watch.
It started out with a boy that wanted his father and ended up meeting someone else entirely that he alr...(more)

Any filmmakers will love the history and the film aspects of this movie. However, as a filmmaker, I did not enjoy this movie. The acting was forced, and this is definitely not the director's genre. Martin wanted to make a movie his children could watch, but instead he made a movie with stunning cinematography, good little moments, and not much else.
The overall story falls flat when it includes too many details and leads to the mystery that turn into something else entirely. The best part of the film was the first 10 minutes when no one talked. That was entertaining to watch. The main child actor's monologues were very melodramatic and Chloe's performance was very monochromatic.
The best part about the movie were the side characters' stories. Cohen gave an amazing performance, and the love stories between him and the flower girl and the woman with the dog were enchanting to watch.
It started out with a boy that wanted his father and ended up meeting someone else entirely that he already knew. The yearning for his father was sort of left in the dust. The movie is much too long and full of people telling backstory.
I was very disappointed. (less)

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Whimsical

Hugo is one of those half-animated artsy films. What 's great about it is it's easy enough for kids to understand and appreciate, at the same time the craftsmanship of the movie was at the same Calibur as Amelie: artsy, but not artsy enough to be non-commercial.

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Great

The 3D effects of this movie is some of the best I've seen. The story itself is not that original but a sveet adventure, but just for the effects it is absolutly worth watcing

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Cast:

Small Hugo Cabret
Small Isabelle
Small Georges Méliès
Small The Station Inspector
Small Hugo's Father
Small Monsieur Labisse
Small Mama Jeanne
Small Rene Tabard
Small Julien Carette
Small Lisette
Small M. Rouleau
Small Uncle Claude
Small Madame Emilie
Small Monsieur Frick
No_movie_poster Theatre Manager
Small Photographer
No_movie_poster Eager Student
Small Policeman
No_movie_poster Young Tabard
Small Train Engineer Assistant

Crew:

Small Johnny Depp Producer
No_movie_poster Howard Shore Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster John Logan Screenplay
Small Martin Scorsese Director
No_movie_poster Brian Selznick Writer
No_movie_poster Graham King Production
No_movie_poster Tim Headington Production
Small Martin Scorsese Production
No_movie_poster Brian Selznick Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Thelma Schoonmaker Editing

Taglines:

"The Invention of Hugo Cabret"

Plot:

In 1931, Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) is a 12-year-old boy living in the walls of the Paris Gare Montparnasse railway station, where he mends the station's clocks. Previously, he was raised by his widowed father, a museum worker (Jude Law). His father had doted on Hugo, teaching him the art of repairing mechanical devices, taking him to movies, and showing him how he was repairing an automaton (mechanical man) that supposedly could write a message. After his father was killed in a museum fire Hugo was taken in by his alcoholic uncle Claude (Ray Winstone) who showed little sentiment for Hugo but taught the boy how to maintain the clocks at the station. When Claude disappears, Hugo continues to maintain the clocks while eking out a living by stealing food and supplies. All the while Hugo lives in fear that if the vigilant Station Inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen) were to discover him, he would be turned over to an orphanage.


Hugo continues the work on the automaton. Relying on his father's notebook for insight, he steals the required parts wherever he can, including from the shop of a toymaker who makes and sells mechanical toys. One day, he is finally caught by the bitter toymaker, Papa Georges (Ben Kingsley), who has long known that Hugo robs him. Georges looks through Hugo's father's notebook, is evidently strongly affected by it, and keeps it despite Hugo's protests. Hugo is forced to trail Georges to his home to retrieve it. There, he meets Georges' goddaughter, Isabelle (Chloë Grace Moretz), who promises to help.


At the station on the following day Georges gives some ashes to Hugo, referring them as the remains of the notebook. Later, Isabelle tells him that the notebook was not burnt, adding that the notebook has somehow deeply disturbed her Papa Georges. Finally, Georges tells Hugo that he may earn his notebook back if he works in the toy store every day to pay for all the items Hugo stole. During his free time, Hugo continues to work on the automaton. When it is finished, however, it is still missing one part: a heart-shaped key that goes into the back of the automaton to make it work.


As the two grow close together, Hugo takes Isabelle to the movies, something that Georges would never let her do, while she introduces him to a bookstore owner (Christopher Lee) who has loaned her books in the past.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2011-11-23 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2011-12-02 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2011-12-07 : Malta

Theatrical : 2011-12-02 : Turkey

Theatrical : 2012-01-05 : Russia

Theatrical : 2011-12-02 : Ireland

Theatrical : 2011-10-10 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2011-12-10 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2011-12-14 : France

Theatrical : 2011-11-23 : Canada

Theatrical : 2011-12-21 : Belgium

Theatrical : 2012-01-12 : New Zealand

Theatrical : 2011-11-28 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2012-01-02 : Kazakhstan

Theatrical : 2012-01-12 : Australia

Theatrical : 2012-01-07 : Armenia

Theatrical : 2012-02-16 : Portugal

Theatrical : 2012-02-10 : Colombia

Theatrical : 2012-02-09 : Chile

Theatrical : 2012-02-09 : Germany

Theatrical : 2012-02-03 : Italy

Theatrical : 2012-02-02 : Czech Republic

Theatrical : 2012-01-27 : Mexico

Theatrical : 2012-02-02 : Slovakia

Theatrical : 2012-02-17 : Brazil

Theatrical : 2012-02-15 : Philippines

Theatrical : 2012-02-17 : Taiwan

Theatrical : 2012-02-17 : Finland

Theatrical : 2012-02-16 : Peru

Theatrical : 2012-01-27 : Pakistan

Theatrical : 2012-02-09 : Argentina

Theatrical : 2012-02-16 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2012-02-16 : Greece

Theatrical : 2012-01-26 : Kuwait

Theatrical : 2012-01-27 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2012-02-10 : Poland

Theatrical : 2012-03-01 : Japan

Theatrical : 2012-03-07 : Indonesia

Theatrical : 2012-02-23 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 2012-02-24 : Spain

Theatrical : 2012-04-27 : Lithuania

Theatrical : 2012-02-24 : Paraguay

Theatrical : 2012-03-15 : Denmark

Theatrical : 2012-02-23 : Singapore

Theatrical : 2012-02-29 : Norway

Theatrical : 2012-03-23 : Venezuela

Theatrical : 2012-04-13 : Romania

Theatrical : 2012-02-24 : Panama

Theatrical : 2012-03-01 : Hungary

Theatrical : 2012-03-16 : Sweden

Theatrical : 2012-05-04 : India

Theatrical : 2012-03-16 : Norway

Theatrical : 2012-02-23 : Israel

DVD : 2012-02-28