“Hugo,” based on Brian Selznick’s illustrated novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, is Martin Scorsese’s magical, majestic, fantastically told 3-D tale of Hugo, an orphaned 12-year-old boy. After the disappearance of his clock-maker uncle, Hugo struggles to survive in the dark labyrinths of the subterranean train station of 1930s Paris by secretly winding all the station clocks. The ticking-of-time serves as visual and thematic metaphor, enabling Hugo to take on a beyond-his-years philosophical dimension as both agonist and antagonist. Along his curious and circuitous journey, Hugo establishes an unlikely bond with a forgotten cinema legend that brings Hugo into further magical regions. 50+ viewers will appreciate Scorsese’s unabashed flirtation with the mercurial and mysterious realms of early cinema.
Did you see this film with your kids or grandkids? Is it important for younger audiences to have an appreciation for the golden age of cinema?