Friday, June 08, 2012

Checking out the movie HUGO

HUGO is an adult film for children or a children film for adults. The setting for the most part is in a huge train terminal in Paris about 1915, give or take. The hero, a boy, is an orphan who lives in the walls of the terminal and the innards of a huge exterior clock. He steals his foods from terminal venders to survive.

It was directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, and more. I noticed one of the producers is Johnny Depp.

For the first portion of the movie it is about the clock and machines like clocks that operate by one gear turning another gear, and turning another grear or two to perform a certain tasks.

I knew in the movie there was one of these contraptions shaped like a man’s head and torso that the little boy would not let go of because his father was working on it when he was killed in an explosion. I thought this story line would develop into a Pinocchio type of story – like the man made object would develop a personality of his own or something along those lines. I was wrong (again).

The special effects were very good.

It developed into a pioneer movie maker’s story of his creating process. Only one thing confused me, why did everyone in the Paris train terminal speak with a British accent? - I think I know, if they used the French language then we would have to keep up with subtitles, just like old movies, like what the movie was about).




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