Academy award winning director Martin Scorsese made his first children’s film which topped the box office this week.
GK films portrays a story about a 12 year old orphan boy, Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) living in a Paris railway station in the 1930s. From a past memory, he finds a mysterious connection in this 3-D adventure.
The film was adapted from the children’s novel by Brian Selznick. There is lots of creativity and invention of dreams where it’s hard to imagine the perfect metaphors on screen.
Hugo manages the network of clocks in the station. Eventually, Hugo unofficially assumes the job. He lives within the steamy walls of the train station, eats stolen croissants and hides from the station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen) with a disable leg during his investigation rounds.
During the film, Hugo attempts to repair the strange mannequin inherited from his late father (Jude Law) from a museum. Overtime, he becomes obsessed with automation, fixing the rescued piece and finding his purpose in life. Soon he befriends a book smart teenager Isabelle (Chloë Moretz) and her godfather,the former famous French filmmaker, George Méliès (Ben Kingsley), now the clockwork toy salesman at the station.
Scorsese created a well presented and passionate film in a clear attempt to capture modern audiences’ attention through showing the magic of film creation. The film has lots of depth, various camera movements and three minute tracking shots which often convey scene settings where machinery is highlighted.
There are strong themes of robots, orphans, automation and clocks. The drama is compiled of adventure, family moments, emotions, fantasy and mystery with its wonderful thematic material throughout shots of England and France.
The story is not over yet. Hugo is in theaters now, go discover the secret messages of Paris in this nostalgic film.