Posted on 12/19/11 04:47 PM
I'm so glad to be back!! Im so excited to start more reviews everyday!! Anyway, here is my first review ever since my long break. HUGO is what im reviewing. Hugo is a very adventurous, imaginative film. its quick, fun and full of life. Although I didn't see it in 3D, I thought Hugo was very well done. Acting wise, I thought the lead actor, Asa Butterfield was a bit iffy. He was really dull at points, and everytime he was scared, or worried, or happy he just looked the same. He always seemed angry even though his character wasn't supposed to be. Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat and Bruno) played alright as a villain. His character was an everyday bad guy who gets affected by his childhood and turns into the antagonist of the story. It was interesting to see him play a role in which he wasn't a libertarian or gay man. Overall, he did alright. Chloe Grace Moretz, though, was a disaster in my opinion. From the beginning I cringed at her acting, but throughout you kinda had to get used to it to enjoy the movie. All in all the film's acting was nice, but at the same time needed work. The cinematography was outstanding, and Scorsese did things I never thought he could do. Single shots, pans and helicopter usage within the film were the best of all in my opinion, and it couldn't have been better. Although the shots and single shots did make some of the film look very CGI, I enjoyed it and thought it added a very imaginative flair. Directing wise, the film was excellent. In my opinion, I think it's very wise for Scorsese to move away from blood and guts and mobs for a change and become a whole new person. I doubted him at first for the exact reason that all he did was epic adult stories, but now that I've seen this new work and the brilliance of it, I congratulate him. This film is a basic tribute to the film industry, and their couldn't have been a better person to direct it. Now some of the flaws of this film is that it's a bit slow paced at times, and the main point of the story took a while to get to. It even had an "Inception" point in it, and got a little annoying. A lot of the symbolism was a bit unnecessary, such as in one of the dreams he turns into a robot, and we already got the point that he's attached to the robot and loves machines. The ensemble cast was nice to have, but many of the characters within the cast were so annoying and had no contribution to the plot. In my opinion, the best actors through out the film were Ben Kingsley and Jude Law. Although Jude Law was more of a cameo appearance, he did well whenever he was onscreen. All in all, Hugo was a heart-warming adventure with spectacular visuals and adventure, but in the end it left me with a dragging story line, a so-so lead actor and a unneeded ensemble cast.
HUGO- 70% B+