Hugo (2011)

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One of the most legendary directors of our time took me on an extraordinary adventure. Hugo is literally a marvelous movie, magnificent from its beginning to its end. I can truly say that this movie is a valentine to all movie lovers, so beautifully integrated into a dazzling and heartfelt story, a really special movie indeed.

An homage to the legendary George Méliès, creator of one of the first movies, and famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema, Hugo is the story of an orphan (Asa Butterfield) who tries to fix an automaton discovered by his father (Jude Law) to find the message left inside.

Hugo is a true visual phenomenon, and I wish I’d watched in theaters. Martin Scorsese brings us a masterpiece, made of stunning visuals, brilliant performances, and an astonishing story. It shows the true magic of the cinema, the way dreams are made into movies, so we can share them with each other. But it also shows the importance of books, joining two characters together, a movie lover and a bookworm, a film maker and a library owner.

The performance was literally brilliant, the characters were well drawn and well portrayed. Asa Butterfield brought us a boy who was trying to find his purpose in life, expressing the pain and the curiosity of his character. Chloë Grace Moretz, on the other hand, brought us a happily-living girl, portraying the curiosity and love of adventure of a girl that age. Helen McCrory played Mama Jeanne, and truly showed the support of a wife, and nostalgia of an old lady. Which finally brings us to the magnificent Ben Kingsley, performing as Papa Georges, and brilliantly portraying the agony that nostalgia and regret can bring, giving us an astonishing and deeply touching performance.

Hugo is a masterpiece, bringing us the magic of the cinema, and everything a movie has to offer. Entertaining, touching, truly inspiring, Hugo is a movie that should be watched by every living person on the planet. One of my best movies. This is what the seventh art is all about..

Rating: 9.2/10 IMDb rating: 7.7/10

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