Everyone is talking about how unusual it is for Martin Scorsese to have made a children’s movie, Hugo, based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. I think it could be argued that Scorsese still hasn’t made a children’s movie. Hugo is more of a movie for adults than it is for children.
Hugo is the story of a boy, Hugo, who lives in a train station and likes to fix machines. But it’s really a story about a search for meaning, a search for one’s place in the world. It is a beautiful movie because of the splendid cinematography and the originality of the plot. It’s one of the few movies I’ve seen recently where I felt there were layers, both of color and camera shots, and of character development. The acting is also quite universally good. The children in particular are wonderful.
There are many things to like about Hugo but I particularly liked how the concepts and look of old films flowed through the movie and aided the plot. The movie might seem slow-moving at times, but I didn’t feel any of the moments were wasted. It’s a movie I would recommend everyone watch. It’s that good.