Hugo is a kid oriented movie based on the 2007 graphic novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It is about a 12 year old kid named Hugo who is an orphan and lives in a train station. The movbie is set in 1930’s Paris.
The movie begins with Hugo who lives in Montparmasse train station. He lost both his parents. He went to live with his uncle who lives in the train station and makes a living maintaining the clocks in the train station. But the uncle who has alcohol problem disappeared leaving Hugo alone. He continued to live in the station and inorder not to be sent to an orphange he secretly took on the job of maintaining the clocks . He occassionally swipes from vendors inorder to survive.
His father is restoring a mechanical man called an automaton that was abandoned in a museum. Like his father Hugo has a penchant of fixing mechanical objects and he wanted to restore the machine. But he is running out of time and he knows he is bound to be caught by the train inspector and sent to an orphanage.
He met Isabelle, the granbddaughter of Georges Melies a shop in the station. He runs into problem with George Mlies was caught by the shop owner, confiscated his notebook which contains directions on how to fix the automaton. Hugo befriended Isabelle inorder to keep the notebook from getting destroyed by George.
Hugo and Isabel had a series of adventures and together they found the secrest of the old George and the automaton. George was a magician and became an owner of a silent film studio with his wife. George and his wife acted on their films which George directed. They lost the film studio after the war when silent films went out of fashion and George ended up with the shop in the train station.
I went to see the 3D version of the film and it is worth it. By far this is the best 3D film of the year. While the movie is about an orphan boy, it is not onlyu for kids but also for adults as well. It is a kids movie for adults.
The movie is quite long and has a leisurely pace and lacks. Kids and even adults may find the movie slow, it lacks the action of most kid movies.
Ben Kingsley stars as George Melies, Asa Butterfield as Hugo, Chloe Grace Moritz as Isabelle and Sacha Baron Cohen as the train station inspector. Martin Scorsese directed the movie.
Overall, this is a nice moviefor both kids and adults.