A History Lesson in Hugo

Courtesy of IMDB

Courtesy of IMDB

Whether you believe in fate or coincidence, what has happened to me upon my efforts to debut this blog is noteworthy. I finally took a moment to sit and watch Hugo last night. Though it was an Oscar nominee last year, I had avoided reading reviews, or even a summary, of the film. Yes, I prefer the cryptic approach.

Lo and behold, what sweet irony! A glimpse at the birth of film, just as I began my journey into the movie blogosphere. It tells a beautiful story about an orphan boy who works diligently to find his purpose in hopes that he is not doomed to be alone forever. But this is only a tiny seed that grows into a much bigger discovery. His determination to fix a broken “toy” leads him to inspire an old man hiding from the memories of his past.

Scorsese (No mafiosos here, and it still rocked!)
Music (Pianist Erik Satie’s Gnossienne No. 1 is a pleasant nod to the music played in the early movies.)
Actors (Asa Butterfield pulled at my heart strings.)
Literary mentions, with allusions to David Copperfield and Jean Valjean (I’m an English major. My eyes lit up every time!)

Animation effects (My only regret is that I didn’t watch it in 3D.)

The creepy automaton (Not something I want staring at me in the middle of the night. But yes, it worked for the movie.)

“If you’ve ever wondered where your dreams come from, you look around… this is where they’re made.” – Georges Méliès, Hugo

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