February 08, 2012
Hugo - The Movie
I have not read The Invention of Hugo Cabret but I remember seeing it in bookshops when it was first released and thinking was a clever, gorgeous looking book it was. Now that I have seen the movie I may have to go back and make a purchase I think so that I can experience it all over again..
The Martin Scorsese film has been nominated for a raft of Academy Awards including best picture, best director and best score and after seeing the movie for myself over the weekend I can see why.
The story centres around a boy named Hugo Cabret who is living in the walls of a Paris train station after the death of his family. Hugo survives by stealing bits of food from the shops within the station but his driving force is the repair of an automaton machine that his father discovered before his death and was helping to restore. In order to find the parts to complete the machine Hugo steals from the owner of the small mechanical toy shop in the station and is eventually caught leading to all sorts of ramifications and adventures.
This is a really simplistic telling of the plot which is slow to get going at first (although the opening scenes where the camera sweeps over Paris and into the train station are simply gorgeous) but then erupts with action, romance, friendship, heartbreak and twists and turns. The film is visually stunning - it would be interesting to hear what lovers of the book think of the way in which the scenes have been interpreted - and the musical score adds to the magic of the story and the characters.
Absolutely loved it!