Hugo Pics 2

9. Hugo

It is always nice to see directors try something different. Gone are the gangsters, the guns, the swearing and the violence. In their place, a love story to the birth of cinema and the artists and technicians who gave birth to the form that Scorsese has invested his considerable talents into.

As has been commented by those more insightful than me, it is interesting to see Scorsese employing cutting-edge 21st century techniques to portray what were cutting edge early 20th century techniques and his love for Méliès in particular and those cinematic pioneers in general shines through. “Come and dream with me” is a sequence as choked with emotion and nostalgia as anything in the finale of Cinema Paradiso, which is to say, it is breath-taking.

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