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.