Martin Scorsese is known for his big budget, Oscar nominated filmmaking. He has brought us masterpieces and has never really been appreciated quite as much as he is duly owed. What is most fascinating about his newest film, Hugo, is not only its origin but the fact that it is entirely family friendly. He takes it from the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. There are no violent shootouts with foul-mouthed belligerent mafia men in this film. There is no use of the f-word within earshot. It’s enough to make you wonder. And, indeed I did wonder as I beheld before me one of my favorite films of the year, and probably of many years to come.
There is no other word to describe this movie except beautiful. Its very nature is art. From the visuals, to the acting, even to its score by Howard Shore, it was carefully crafted. Hugo is a children’s movie about finding purpose and love in a world that seems dark and lonely. It is about courage, steadfastness and integrity of character. It holds true what we want to teach children while educating them about history in the process.
Without ruining too much of the plot, a brief synopsis would be that as a young boy Hugo is left orphaned. He spends his days operating the clocks of a train station while hoping to uncover a secret left by his father in the form of an automaton. He wants to repair the broken machine in hopes of finding answers as to its (and ultimately his) purpose for existing. In the process he befriends a colorful cast of characters, most notably a young girl, Isabelle. Together they set out to solve the mystery.
Take some free time and check out this movie. It is completely worth your time. I have left you with the trailer to mull over: