"Hugo": Scorsese Milks the 3-D Trend for His Timeless Cause

Martin Scorsese's first foray into 3-D family filmmaking centers on its title character, played by Asa Butterfield, a just-pre-pubescent orphan squatting in a train station circa 1930. When not dodging an orphan-hunting station constable (Sacha Baron Cohen), Hugo secretly maintains the station's clocks and attempts to fix an automaton, the only keepsake the boy has from his late watchmaker father (Jude Law). Reminiscent of the robots in Metropolis, the automaton's hand is built to grip a pen, and Hugo has become convinced that if he could get that hand to work, it would write out a message from his dad. Hugo eventually discovers that the automaton was built by a silent filmmaker and special-effects innovator named Georges Méliès — who happens to be the gruff old man (Ben Kingsley) who runs the station's toy shop. With this revelation, Hugo pivots: The boy's attempt to excavate his own history becomes an excavation and celebration of the first three decades of cinema history. Perfunctorily mounted as a children's adventure, the movie is far more successful as a barely veiled issue flick from Scorsese, the celebrity face of film preservation. His most purposeful use of 3-D comes in a long, visually stunning flashback sequence meant to serve as a primer on early cinema. As much as Hugo is a sop to box-office interests, using Hollywood's trendiest gimmick to awaken audiences to the glory of the past, it's also a PSA for Scorsese's personal cause.

 
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Kevin Drew
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Wow, sounds like a pretty good film, but man could the reviewer hold their disgust for "film preservation" and an old dude flogging his, "personal cause". Its as if this was a 2-bit director shilling for a line of action figures from his past films. Gee whiz, how many of us know much of anything about the truly early stages of film history? It was just a 100 years ago - five, fresh-faced 20 year-olds stacked on each other - imagine their respective chronological views.I have my doubts about 3-D and I can quibble with the best of them about Scorsese's oeuvre, but you've got to give it up for a guy who's cranked out a ton of movies, many excellent and transformative ones in the process; who embraces his young colleagues and seems genuinely focused, thoughtful and hopeful about the future of film.

 

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