Originally Posted by b curry ... "And though the crowd clapped furiously, they could not see the joke." - Brooker/Fisher/Reid
Respectfully, I think you grossly under estimate the comprehension of the people who have contributed to this thread. I think without exception, everyone here "got it' in terms of an homage to the art of film making, Georges Méliès creativity, and the evolution to 3D. It is so painfully obvious and transparent, perhaps to the point that if the movie were without sound, one which was remotely familiar with Georges Méliès work would understand the connection.
And the idea of the evolution of cinema... My god, how many times could Scorsese reference this point by showing "Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat" by Louis and Auguste Lumière (silent B&W) and then recreate the event in the story via 3D CGI? This point is driven home as if the audience were Pavlov's dog."Never work with animals or children." - W.C. FieldsHUGO
is a sad children's film (Old Yeller, Bambi, etc.) and a by the book cliché; a formula format movie.HUGO
is a "woe is me" story loosely based in fact with artistic liberties taken ad infinitum complete with not one but two orphaned children (one with big sad eye's), dogs, a shiftless mean drunken uncle, a Keystone Cop war hero chasing the orphan's, and finally a happy ending where the orphan is re-claimed and becomes part of a loving family. I will take the reference to Georges Méliès work as a bonus.
This is genius? It feels more like stuffing 10lbs into a 5lbs bag.
If there is genius in HUGO
it maybe in the screen credit of Jonny Depp as Producer, his un-credited cameo appearance, and all the money he is taking to the bank as a result.
This is a movie made to sell 3D, no question. Whether you like 3D or not may be the bigger question.
Maybe so. Stanley Kubrick took me on a journey into the wonder and amazement of cave men discovering fire and learning how to kill people with a bone.
Stanley Kubrick didn't need 3D to do it; so what?
I don't think HUGO
will go down in history as one of Scorsese's more memorable movies. I believe the 2012 Academy Awards have given proper credit for the technical merits of HUGO
and correctly recognized HUGO
did not deserve a "Best Picture" Oscar.
I enjoyed reading your post David_B