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Martin Scorsese is one of my favorite directors, and when I heard that he spearheaded this movie, I was a bit surprise and full of anticipation on what to be learning from him this time.   Since I’ve long given up in my dream to work in Film production, I am making the most out of my yearning and ability.

HUGO tells the story of Hugo Cabret, an orphan who maintains the clock system in a Paris Railway Station. 

Before his father died in a museum fire accident, they were working on fixing an automaton, but after his father’s passing, he is left with hopes that it could link to his longing of his father.  Hugo lives in the walls of the station, and thrives by stealing food as well as mechanical parts he needed to make the automaton function. 

One day he is caught by the toy owner, George Melies, stealing parts he’s going to use for the automaton.   The toy owner took his notebook sort of droid manual, and for days he begged to claim it, he didn’t budge but the perseverance of Hugo won him over, and agrees to let him work in the toy shop until he pays off his debt so he can get back his notebook. 

While trying to recover the notebook, he meets Isabelle, the goddaughter of George Melies, and become friends with her.  When Hugo sees Isabelle’s necklace, he borrowed it realizing it’s the key he needs to make the automaton works. 

At first it scribbles undefined picture and then draws picture of a weird looking moon, and then wrote a name George Melies, which Isabelle recognizes as Papa George’s name. 

They summon Sherlock’s soul and go research, and discovered that Papa George used to be a famous Film Director. 

George Melies go back to the past he bitterly tried to forget with the help of Hugo and Isabelle and he reunites with the automaton that once shared his Film Making passion. 

Hugo is in the brink of being thrown out to the orphanage, but along with the droid, Papa George takes him in as well.

This is such a simple, sweet and visually appealing film.  It has the vibrancy of the youth and the heart of an adult who successfully challenged life.  The scenic approach is so engrossing and my child-like heart was in awe with the detailed beauty of the captured shots.  I love Martin Scorsese in his dark tones, and giving something light, heart-warming and a laid back narrative rich in appealing visuals complementing the wonderful characters just made me felt like a child with a toy that I can never let go even when I meet my first love.

 

I’ll rate it 4.5 out of 5 hearts.  (Photos are taken through Google Images search, abby is lazy to do screencaps *wink)

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