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on March 2, 2017
Simply, this is a fine movie that is enhanced by quality 3d with wonderful images and a very enjoyable tale. Groups of friends and family have come to watch on 3d with unanimous laughter and cheers. By example, this is on par with the loved 3d Tintin.
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VINE VOICEon March 7, 2012
"Clocks tell the time, and trains take you places." Interesting sentiments that begin Hugo Cabret's (Asa Butterfield) journey towards understanding the world around him and the loss that he has endured after the death of his father, a clock-caretaker and an inspiration to Hugo's inquisitiveness to how things work, especially anything mechanical and most importantly clocks. The movie takes place in the city of lights Paris within a train station where Hugo also lives. With the opening scenes of the film, viewers have entered a world of mystery, mischief, and magic that looks like a combination of animation and like-action.

Hugo becomes an orphan but somehow becomes independent and self-reliant. His curiosity and persistence to understand the things that his father (Jude Law) left behind leads him to an experience like no other that a child his age could ever imagine. And the key component that leads him to a world that he has been enthralled and fascinated with, his father's small sketch notebook; the notebook was one of the last objects along with the mechanical figure that his father had been working on that will help to spark Hugo's energy to unlock the mystery behind the drawings and the mechanical figure. But before he and Isabelle area able to unlock the mystery, he encounters a disgruntled toy shopkeeper by the name of Georges (Ben Kingsley)and retrieves the notebook who inquires about the drawings; but as the film progresses more mysterious elements arise and the question of who exactly is Georges? But along the way, Hugo does not make his journey alone, and he befriends Georges's goddaughter Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz). The drawings reveal much in terms of the love for film and its origins, which renowned and critically acclaimed Director Martin Scoresese helped to revive and unlock the mystery as well as the history of film-making within the main character of Hugo as well as other most recent films The Artist. Both films recaptured the craft and innovation of what movies had first set out to accomplish - entertain but also make the filmgoer wonder after the last credits of the film have gone up. But also most notably, the individuals that first made this world of wonderment happen and what Hugo's storyline centers upon, legendary filmmaker George Mèliés and the cinema.

With the sudden resurgence of the history of film, the release of Hugo and The Artist are a welcoming aspect, especially during this rise of technology within the film industry and overall within the cinema. It is amazing to see that films still make one think and offer discussion afterwards.
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This film reminds me of an old silverscreen classic, but with gorgeous 3D effects. There weren't any OOS (out of screen) effects that I could see but the 3D was outstanding nonetheless. From the sweeping views of Paris in the opening scenes to action shots in the train station with a dog and gendarme chasing Hugo to a train coming toward you, Martin Scorsese uses some of the best cinematography I've seen in the making of this film. The fact that it was originally filmed in 3D rather than having the effects added later is probably a reason that it looked so well done. The scenes in Paris were beautiful.

The story is about a young orphan, Hugo, played by Asa Butterfield, who lives in a train station in Paris in the 1930's and takes care of maintaining the clocks after his drunken uncle, Claude, played by Ray Winstone disappears. Hugo was close to his dad, played by Jude Law, before he is killed in a museum fire. He has to steal food from the local vendors in order to survive and he spends a lot of his time trying to repair an automaton, kind of a robot, that his dad brought home from the museum before he died. Papa Georges, played very convincingly by Ben Kingsley, puts Hugo to work for him to pay off his debt for stealing parts for the automaton. A girl his age named Isabelle, played by Chloë Grace Moretz, ends up helping Hugo. The acting is superb and the story, if a little predictable at times, is still a good one.

My main reason for purchasing this movie was to try out the 3D using passive 3D lenses, with a new TV. It was a good choice for a first movie because it gave a glimpse of what is possible and how good 3D movie making can be.
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A fantastic movie about the power films, imagination, and dreamers, I absolutely loved this movie. The performances are terrific, especially from the young stars, and the supporting cast of veterans is top-notch. It's easy to see why this movie won the Academy award for cinematography and special effects, as both aspects of Hugo are dazzling. Fans of classic cinema, adventure, and historical fiction should definitely not miss Hugo.
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on May 9, 2017
If you've got the 3D TV to handle it, this is the gold standard along with GRAVITY and THE LIFE OF PI of just hpw truly s spectacular 3D tech is! Great film enhanced to perfection.
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on November 2, 2016
Best 3d effects movie made. If I want to show off the 3d mode, this is the movie I play. So immersive. Now I know why it won best special effects oscar
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on January 29, 2014
Scorsese is definitely a born teacher and keeper of the flame. To fight for the preservation of one of the 20th century's art forms with undying passion and then using the most current techniques to tell a story of one of the innovators of magic via film seems a perfect focus for this journey. In the theatre, on a large screen, in brillantly executed 3D, the film did for me what I suppose the oncoming train did for the unjaded film audiences in the early 1900's. The work is an homage to everything cinematic, the story is touching and revealing, and the cast plays their notes with heartbreaking reality. It is a joy to relive at each screening.
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on December 29, 2015
We got a 3D TV and I never really used the feature. Had a bunch of people coming to stay and thought it might be fun to get some glasses and try out the feature. This movie was the first we watched and I'm really glad we did. Cute story great for all ages but has the masterful cinematography and directing behind it to keep even the biggest movie buffs entertained.
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on December 23, 2014
Great movie. Should have been best picture and probably would have been if not for Hollywood politics. The 3D treatment and use were exactly what should have been used by many others who have not and consequently given 3D a somewhat bad reputation. 3D is a difficult medium in which to work and it takes real craftsmanship to do it well and not have everything popping into your lap just for effect. When used properly such as in this fine film, 3D proves it can add unmeasurable enjoyment to good story telling.
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on March 2, 2012
The Best 3D Movie Since Avatar, but nothing like Avatar. This is a visually stunning movie and none of the quality is lost on the 3D blu ray. The color, lighting and camera work produced a montage that was a wonder to behold. The direction was as close to perfect as you are likely to see. It had a precision that made everything come together. All the acting was spot on with no one seeming to be over the top, including Sacha Baron Cohen. The casting definitely put the right actors in the roles. The score fit the movie so well that at times, you almost didn't realize it was there, and I mean that in a positive way. The storyline turned in unexpected ways but was never jarring in how it did so. It was never dull and always entertaining.
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