‘Hugo’ a magical, enchanting tribute to the art of film

By Ashley Bergner; Box Office Buzz

Though “Hugo” may not have won the coveted Oscar statuette for “Best Picture” at this year’s Academy Awards, this magical and enchanting film is well worth renting if you missed it in theaters. The movie is a whimsical visual treat, and it also serves as director Martin Scorsese’s love letter to the art of film.

“Hugo” is based on Brian Selznick’s novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” and follows a homeless orphan boy who lives in a train station in Paris in the 1930s. He has to steal food in order to eat, and he maintains all the clocks at the station, a job his uncle had before abandoning him. Hugo misses his father terribly, who was killed in a tragic fire, and the only possession he has left to remind him of his father is a broken automaton, a robot-like machine that can write a message once it is wound up and unlocked with a special key.

While on his quest to repair the automaton, Hugo meets a plucky girl named Isabelle whose godfather works at a toy shop in the train station. When he discovers Isabelle has the key to unlock his automaton, the two begin to unravel a mystery that will change both their lives. In the end, Hugo finally finds a home, and he and Isabelle bring hope to a sad, lonely artist and film maker who feared his life’s work had been forgotten. Continue reading