Monday, May 21, 2012


I watched Hugo on the airplane- imagine a small little screen with bad resolution, bad sound system, air turbulence and an elbow poking from the person next to you. Despite all these, I was enthralled by the film. It is obvious that they deserved every single Oscar (bagging five of them is no mean feat).

This movie is best watched 3D and is based on Brian Selznics' novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It is about a boy who lost his father in a fire. Prior to that, his father used to take him to the movies and his father particularly loved those of Georges Melies. After the death of Hugo's father, Hugo's uncle takes him away and teaches him to maintain the clocks in a railway station. Meanwhile, Hugo steals mechanical parts to repair a mechanical man which his father particular treasured. From there, the story unfolds.

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I put off watching this movie for so long but finally watched it on the plane. It seems like a children's movie, with all that whimsical elements. But more than that, it stands for broader themes such as finding hope once again and following your dreams. What stands out the most is the cinematography. It doesn't even take conscious effort to realise why this is deserving of best cinematography.



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