Hugo is a movie adapted to the novel/story book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Given that I have read the book after the movie, I will be discussing about the book in a separated post while honouring this post to the movie alone. The movie did not only did well in translating words/pictures into a motion picture solely for the sake of changing the media format. Instead, the director, Martin Scorsese, put it into a context current generation could understand. Personally, I had not watched any of Scorsese’s directed film before except Shutter Island and Hugo. I find the latter one more entertaining than Shutter Island. I would say, in specific, I would like to congratulate John Logan for arranging the screenplay so amazingly good. For most of the time, when there is a movie based on a book (which happened most of the time nowadays), the comment would be ‘I prefer the book’ except for a few exceptions. And this time, Hugo is an exception. The story was modified, in a good way, and still maintain the mysterious of Hugo’s world, the mental of his thinking and with the magic of coloured picture we have now, they added colours to the black and white the book might have been deprived of. The visual of the movie was spectacular. The colours, the architecture, the cinematography, the settings and cast arrangements are all that was fitting in so well. Especially in the station, it is really appraisable how they fit in the people to create the busy environment, at the same time with the shops – mixing in a variety of people, busy, relaxing, confusing kind of people. It showed Paris – in a railway station! The whole thing is just beautiful! Other than that, I could not help but to applause for the impressive masterpiece by Howard Shore. After what he had done to Lord of the Rings, I noticed his work and undoubtedly Hugo became yet another great platform he performed with the soundtracks. It fitted right to the settings of France yet not too Frenchy. It brings the audience into the story, through the action, through the emotion – preventing us from a boring journey. Nonetheless, of course I would say the casts were superb in the acting as they are the one who brought the story to life, on screen. Starring Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and many more. Overall, I rate this movie excellent, not only for its technical value, but for its artistic value too.
Trailer is available here: