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Film Review: Hugo (plus an amazing 3D video)

Clive Maxfield
11/29/2011 09:58 PM EST

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antedeluvian   12/4/2011 3:18:43 PM
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I agree, this is a must see movie. I suggest you don't read further till you have seen it, as this might prove to be a spoiler for you. I have a few quibbles though. The story is essentially a fairy story and so must be fairly predictable, and I thought that the rationale for Georges' change in career was a little shallow. To my mind the aerial views of the traffic around the Arc de Triomph we anachronistic. I thought the amount of light was just too modern. I disagree with Max's assessment of Sacha Baron Cohen's part. I thought it was well done. Although this was not a comedic part I saw hints of many other movies in his performance, from the village mayor in Young Frankenstein (the guy whose fist is used as a battering ram), the German scientist in Dr Strangelove and even a bit of Inspector Clouseau.

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Max The Magnificent   12/5/2011 2:20:13 PM
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Like I said -- everything seemed to fit together somehow :-)

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antedeluvian   12/9/2011 10:35:18 PM
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Incidentally I found many echoes of the French movie "Micmacs" in Hugo. Maybe because they were both a ethereal and set in Paris. Nevertheless I also reccomend Micmacs, although it is more adult and definitely more bizarre.

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Max The Magnificent   12/12/2011 4:35:00 PM
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I just read the reviews on this on Amazon -- it sounds WONDERFUL -- I've added it to my ever-growing Amazon "Wish List" -- thanks for the suggestion

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Max The Magnificent   12/16/2011 3:20:54 PM
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A friend just emailed me to say that the automation / robot featured in Hugo was based on a real machine -- the following link has videos of it working -- AMAZING (http://bit.ly/uigGvF)

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Jack.Olson   12/16/2011 3:56:26 PM
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I think you may have meant to insert this link: http://bit.ly/BYZy The more I read about this story, the less it seems like merely a "fairy tale". In one account I found, Georges' automaton collection was donated to a museum, stored in a damp attic for awhile, only to be thrown away! and museum fires did threaten other works, as you will discover if you are interested. Regardless, I walked into this expecting to see a children's movie.... far from it. "Hugo" was truly a learning experience for me about the early experiments in film, is it surely an important work. I consider it an instant classic, a masterpiece. You MUST see it, and see it in 3D!!!

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Max The Magnificent   12/16/2011 4:18:00 PM
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#$%^ My bad -- as you say I inserted the wrong link -- thanks for posting the correct one

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antedeluvian   12/19/2011 1:48:17 PM
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I just discovered that Georges Melies (played by Ben Kingsley) was in fact a real character and in fact the baseline on the story (with the exception of the automaton and of course Hugo) mirrors his life very closely, down to the small shop in the station. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_M%C3%A9li%C3%A8s

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Max The Magnificent   12/19/2011 5:19:43 PM
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Wow -- it's amazing to think that so much of this film was based on reality in one way or another...

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Lisha Savannah   3/28/2013 1:46:59 PM
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I have seen the movie on TV, but it was all ruined. I don't know what the editors did there, but I have to see it again.

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