This weekend my family and I went to see the movie Hugo. There was a fairly large turnout. As I had seen the trailer and it got good reviews, I was excited to see a good flick.
Hugo is a boy who lives in a train station in Paris in the 1930s. His father died not too long ago and they never said what happened to his mother. But when his father was alive, they were working on a robot. The boy continues works to fix the robot after his father’s death and Isabel, a girl he befriends, crosses his path. The pair begins to unravel the mystery of Isabel’s grandfather. The robot was once Isabel’s grandfather’s. Her grandfather, who is a toy-maker, turns out to be a famous movie director and actor.
The Bad: I thought the plot was extremely slow and I think the movie was highly overrated. The movie only took place at the train station and at Isabel’s house. The characters development was slow. When the audience found out that the grandfather was a famous director and actor, there was a flashback to his early days and it took a good 15 minutes. Also, there weren’t any parts where the audience was grabbing their seats and waiting for the next moment where it could be life or death-which for me, is the thrill of movies.
The Good: The trinkets and the robots are really cool and will keep a child interested. The train station guard has some moments that will make the audience laugh. And the friendship between Isabel and Hugo is smile-worthy.
The bottom line: If you are interested in trinkets, like a little comedy, and don’t mind a slow movie, then get some tickets. Otherwise, Iwould read the book instead.