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Movie Mini Review: Hugo

November 28, 2011

When I first saw the TV trailer for Hugo, my first thought was “whoa, Martin Scorsese is doing a steampunk movie?” It turns Hugo is not a steampunk story, though a plausibly realistic clockwork automaton does figure prominently into the story.

The super-duper-short version: Hugo is a film about the nearly forgotten beginnings of film, made for people who love movies by a director who loves movies and who wants us to remember the sense of wonder and magic that movies made us feel as children. As far as I’m concerned he succeeded. This flick has some great acting and a well-paced story with a surprising amount of suspense for this type of story. Sacha Baron Cohen’s performance seems a little silly and over the top at some points, but it doesn’t detract from the rest of the film.

I give Hugo 4 out of 5 dancing skeletons. See this movie if you love movies.

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