Hugo it is about a boy who lives alone in the Gare Monthparnasse railway station in Paris in the 1930s. After his father (Jude Law) was tragically killed in a fire leaving him in the care of his not so sober Uncle Claude (Ray Winstone). Who teaches Hugo how to maintain the clocks at the railway station and then soon disappears himself, leaving Hugo to fend for himself. Now living behind the walls of the train station Hugo and keeping the clocks in working order. Hugo has one last memory of his father, a mechanical man who has a pen in its hand that they found abandoned in a museum. All though it doesn’t work Hugo is determined to fix it as he is convinced it contains a message from his father. Stealing parts from a toy makers shop in the train station, Hugo is soon caught red handed and agrees to work for the man (Ben Kingsley) until his debt is repaid.
The opening scene shows a train station in Paris overlooking a snowy Eiffel Tower, as the camera swoops in and out of various parts of the Gare Monthparnasse immediately you can set the depth of the 3D. Snowflakes hitting you in the face as the camera comes from an aerial view of Paris into the train station. Zooming through the hustle and bustle as people rush to get on the trains, searching for the first glimpse of Hugo. As the story unravels there is never a shortage of great 3D moments. I wouldn’t say Hugo and its storyline was made for 3D, but they have done a great job in making the most out of it. With a lot a very clever visuals Martin and the crew haven’t failed to deliver.
Moving into the latter part of the movie we did feel the 3D started to dry up a bit. We are not sure if that was due to the storyline not offering good opportunities or they just decided to tighten the reigns, or if they just got lazy. It just didn’t have the same conviction as the opening 45 minutes. All that being said there is always a constant stream of 3D scenes, if the scene itself didn’t offer much in the form of action, you could still depend on the clocks, statues, trains, and the Station Inspectors (Sacha Baron Cohen) dog Maximilian to offer great visual effects.
A poetic movie deserves a poetic review. A magical adventure from start to finish.