Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. Written by
The driving force behind the film was Martin Scorsese's young daughter Francesca Scorsese who presented him a copy of the Brian Selznick book as a birthday gift hoping that he would make a film out of it someday. It was also her suggestion to have the film presented in 3D format. Rather than having the 3D accomplished by post-conversion, Scorsese decided to have it shot in native format, so together with VFX supervisor Robert Legato and cinematographer Robert Richardson, they spent (before filming) about two weeks at the Cameron/Pace group doing a crash course on filming in that format. See more »
The movie is set in 1931. From 1925 to 1934 the Eiffel tower had illuminated signs for Citroën adorned three of the tower's four sides. However in the movie the lights on the tower are as they are today, with no Citroën sign on it. See more »
[to his dog while in the bath]
If he is deceased, then who has been winding the clocks?
[cut to reveal that the Inspector and the dog are in the bath together]
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There is only one opening credit, the film's title, which does not appear until nearly 15 minutes into the film. See more »
I will start off admitting that I have little to say about this film. It is an instant classic, containing many inexplicable elements that make it very difficult to give an in depth review. Simply put, it is simply heartwarming and near perfect. The only thing I can criticize on it, is the slightly whimsical dialogue; however, I'm not sure I can really call that poor, as it almost played into the atmosphere.
The story is perfect. It has perfect pacing and writing, and is complimented by equally charmingly perfect acting. It's not necessarily an emotional film, but it is just so enjoyably heartwarming. Hugo is a film that you simply will enjoy whatever your age or interest. It's like Pixar. Everybody loves Pixar. And so, you will love Hugo too.
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