“Hugo” up for 11 Oscars, does it have a chance?

I left the house yesterday intending to see ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ but ended up seeing ‘Hugo’ instead. My personal excitement level about seeing this was pretty low. I had a hard time imaginging how someone (even Scorsese) could take what is basically a picture book and make a movie I’d want to see out of it.

I stand corrected.

Hugo is a wonderful film. I’m not sure if it is Best Picture–I will need to see more of the nominees first but I certainly think that Art direction, Adaptation & Director are absoutely possible.

Things that bothered me: the movie is set in Paris and the entire movie is in english — even the phrase ‘good morning’ which I am pretty sure the most sheltered person has heard in french. 3D isn’t something I always enjoy and it bugged me that in the snowy scenes none of the 3d snow stuck to the hair or clothes of the actors. The first five minutes I found slow–but it came directly from the book and I was informed by my 12 year-old “imperative to the plot, Mom.”

Everything else was grand and fun–a very sweet love letter to the history of ‘the movies’. A funny similarity to “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” that I might not have noticed if I hadn’t seem them back to back.  Both young actors were compelling and it was nice to see Ben Kingsly again!

Next weekend: The Descendants and The Artist.




About elisethroughthelookingglass

A currently unemployed stay at home mom with the long time dream of writing my own novel. Not the 'Great American Novel', just a fun read. Since I am now the parent of teenagers I have been relegated to the back burner and am tired of waiting for my favorite authors to get their books out. Wish me luck on my trip through the looking glass.
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