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Scorsese’s film a surprising success

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Martin Scorsese’s latest film, “Hugo” aired on theater screens Nov. 23. The film, which is an adaptation of the novel, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” marks his first time directing a 3D film and was quite different than any other Scorsese flick.

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The director’s last film, “Shutter Island.” was a psychological thriller also based off of a novel. “Hugo” on the other hand is a film that families can enjoy together. Enjoyable is the perfect word to describe the experience of this film.

The story follows an orphaned boy living in Paris during the 1930s, but contains a more artistic subplot which outlines a love for the cinema industry.

Speaking from a purely aesthetic standpoint, “Hugo” is absolutely wonderful. The cinematography takes the audience through breath taking views of the cities featured in the film, and the set actually conveys a feeling that the film is in old Paris despite the refined quality. The movie actually looks like a Tim Burton film that was taken over by Scorsese’s unique style.

As far as casting, the film impresses with a nice list of names. Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jude Law are among the better known cast members, but the stars of the film are two relatively unknown child actors. Chloe Grace Moretz plays the female lead and Asa Butterfield plays the movie’s male lead.

Moretz and Butterfield, despite not being as experienced as the actors that Scorsese typically works with, did a very good job for the role they were cast in. The two acted in a more believable way for children to react rather than the ways many films try to depict younger children. 

What truly sets “Hugo” apart from other movies in its genre is how it utilizes 3D technology.

The film incorporates the 3D technology into the actual story. Like James Cameron’s “Avatar,” the 3D isn’t gimmicky, but shows the depth and intensity of the film and gives the audience a sense that they’re being pulled into Paris.

Overall “Hugo” is a pleasant film that families can enjoy together. It’s a fantasy adventure for kids that have an understanding of the magic that transforms a movie into a classic tale for the ages.