Hugo – Your Review

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We have now watched “Hugo” all the way through and you have started to work through the activities to explore the film. Please add a short review below.  Use the Review Preparation document to help you that has been shared in our Google Classroom.   Here is a brief checklist of things to include;

  • A star rating
  • What type of film it is
  • What happens in the film?
  • Who are the main characters and what are they like?
  • Did you enjoy the film? Why/why not? What were its good and bad points?
  • Write about a scene you particularly enjoyed or remembered. Why was it good/memorable?
  • Would you recommend this film? Who would enjoy it most? Why?

3 thoughts on “Hugo – Your Review”

  1. This was the first time that I had seen the movie Hugo. Looking at the cover the movie looked slow, boring, dark and dull. It looked to have nothing in it and all I could think about is a movie about clocks. The trailer looked slow, boring and It had looked like it had no adventures. There was no outside world other than the clocks.

    Hugo is a 13 year old boy living in the walls of a train station in Paris. He learned to fix clocks when he was living with his father and other gadgets which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton that doesn’t work without a special key. Hugo must find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past.
    The adventure, Drama and family movie that showed me a message ‘If you’re not famous you’re nothing.’ This is shown in the movie by George. He used to make movies and then reality got to the viewers and he was forced out of the business. He thought that if he couldn’t be famous he couldn’t be anything. This is shown at the end that it is wrong. He finally get his courage back up and works out that he is famous no matter what he does. He carries on and starts making movies again.

    The characters act their part and are amazing at their role. Isabella- Isabella is a sweet delightful girl who seeks for an adventure. She is delightful and has a sense of humor she is intelligent and a piece maker.maker. Chloë Grace Moretz who plays Isabella is a sweet young pretty girl and it feels as if the movie is a documentary when the camera is on her. She convinces the audience about her part and you feel as if you know her personally at the end. Hugo- Hugo is a caring hard working boy who lives in the clocks by himself. He has given up on school and is running the clocks as a job. Hugo is very committed towards the clocks and is very secretive about it. Asa Butterfield who plays Hugo convinces the viewers in a sweet and calm way. You feel for him and you feel as if he isn’t loved. George- George is a thoughtful hardworking man who has tried to let the past go but has no full been able to. He has a dream he has to fulfill and is very strong on what he want’s and no better. Ben Kingsley who plays George convinces us that he has no life and that everyone knows everything about him but really there is a whole other side to him that we find out later in the movie.

    The special effects were shown in this movie quite a lot. I loved looking at the special effects and trying to find them. My favorite scene was the dream scene when Hugo turned into a automaton and you were in that scene. I found the camera shot insisting on the last scene when it’s the party and the go around the house showing everyone. I have only seen this scene once but it showed me a lot and I felt like I was in the movie. My favorite scene was when the librarian gave hugo the book. I found this memorable because I was in the scene watching them and I felt connected with them.

    I didn’t really enjoy the film Hugo. The film was too slow for me and there was nothing to look forward to in the story line. There was no exciting part in the movie, and the movie’s plot has no interest for me. They were a few points where I thought that the movie would go up hill but it never did.

  2. This outgoing film named Hugo written by Martin Scorsese is set in the 1930’s Paris. If you are wanting a family, adventurous and dramatic film then this is the one for you! I expected the film to be very sophisticated, mysterious with a lot of plot twists. However I believe that this movie did not reach my expectations and was lacking a good story line.

    This movie is about a young orphan named Hugo who lives in the walls of a railway station. Hugo’s father passes and leaves behind a broken automaton and a detailed diary on how to fix this contraption. After his fathers passing Hugo was sent away to live with his drunk uncle who teaches him the works of the clocks. Between Hugo’s father and his uncle he becomes a master in fixing gadgets. In order for Hugo to survive and retrieve the pieces to fix the automaton, he must steal. This task becomes much harder every day with the station master hot on his tracks. Along his journey he meets a young girl named Isabelle who, like him, seeks for adventure. Hugo discovers that there is a surprising connection between the automaton his dad left behind, Isabelle and her grandfather George Melies and his ‘buried’ memories.

    I think the characters in this film were expressed in great detail and I was impressed with the way the directors showed these characters and their past. An example of this is in the first scene where they run the camera over nearly all the main characters involved with Hugo. This gives you a sense of the character. For example they showed George Melies a grumpy, sad and powerful man who in his toy store could be taken as a key feature feature or Hugo seen fixing the clocks. Not only are the characters great but I think the camerawork was amazing! The animations were great and looked realistic and the use of the close ups with the camera really captured you into the movie. However these two things were not great enough to change my opinion on the movie.

    I found the film great when I watched it a couple of years ago but now it almost feels a bit childish and I feel as though the story line wasn’t as strong as the movies that are being featured now. I think a factor that added to my disappointment in the movie was my looks on life have changed. What teenagers like myself want to watch is in the direction of reality, dramatic, adventurous, romantic, comedic and action filled. I believe Hugo lacked in these characteristics, although the movie claimed it was adventurous and dramatic I believe it did not show a high level of these characteristics. In saying this I would recommend this film to a younger audience (9 – 13) as the story line could be confusing for children aged under 9. However it has the level of adventure and drama which would appeal to those ages. If you like these movies: The Adventures of Tin-tin, Oliver Twist, Peter Pan and The Railway Children then I would recommend this film.

    I believe Hugo leaves behind a long lasting social message which is never give up on hope and yourself, be determined in everything you do because you can do anything you set your mind to and don’t let people tell you any different.

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