MOVIE NEWS: Hugo
Aaaaaand… action! As I said on Monday, it’s a big week for movie releases, and I’m here today to talk about the first movie on our list: Hugo. It’s based on the mega-popular illustrated novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret (say: “kuh-bray”) by Brian Selznick, and it hits theatres today.
Hugo follows the adventures of an orphaned boy who lives in the walls of a train station in Paris. He sets and maintains the station’s clocks, and steals food and whatever else he needs to get by. In his spare time, he tries to fix a machine in the shape of a man (called an automaton) that he believes holds a message from his father, who died in a fire at his museum years before.
When Hugo discovers his new friend, Isabelle, literally holds the key to get the automaton to deliver his message, the two are launched into an adventure that could change not only their lives, but the lives of all those around them as well.
But can Hugo stay out of reach of the cruel station inspector long enough to see the adventure through? You’ll have to see the flick to find out!
Here are a few observations about the movie:
1) It looks great. Seriously. The sets are intricate, the colours pop right off the screen, and there’s a huge variety of shots: swooping ones, overhead shots, still ones, jumpy ones, etc. It all goes to create the sense that the world Hugo inhabits is like our own, but magical at the same time.
2) It’s upbeat. While Hugo faces some bleak circumstances, he is relentlessly positive, and never gives up hope that he is on the right track. In fact, the film has a bunch of positive messages about having faith in yourself and facing your fears. It’s also upbeat about the power of movies, which is a definite plus for movie lovers.
3) It’s a puzzle. In most stories, a character is presented with a problem, and the story ends when the problem is solved. In the case of Hugo, finally fixing his broken automaton is just the beginning. Each discovery from then on leads mainly to more questions and problems. This makes the movie (runtime: 120 minutes) drag on a little bit as we watch Hugo and Isabelle figure out just what it is they’re trying to figure out.
Overall, I thought Hugo was good. It might be a little long and complicated for younger viewers, but I think OWL-aged moviegoers will enjoy it a lot. The 3-D is done well, too, which isn’t always the case!
What do you think, OWL readers? Will you see this movie? Were you a fan of the book this is based on? Let me know in the comments below.
Talk to you soon.
P.S. Check back on Friday for my review of The Muppets, which also comes out today. Check out Kendra’s review of Arthur Christmas on the chickaDEE blog on Friday, too!
Apparently my dad had advance screening tickets to this movie that he got for FREE, and then we didn’t go since he forgot to tell us about it untill it was too late! So that kinda sucks…
I really want to see this!
I read the book and it is really good so the movie should be good also.
I never knew there was a book! Cool. I hope I can watch the movie and read the book! 😀
The book is awesome because it is told sometimes in words and sometimes in pictures. This does make the book look really long. I read the whole book and it is one of my favourites.
usually if you read the book then watch the movie you’ll be disappointed by the movie, but if you watch the movie then read the book you’ll be like hey cool I remember that from the movie.
Ha. Thats true. That always happens to me.
Looks kinda cool, but I don’t know if I want to see it.
Yeahhhh!!! Looks awesome
Is anyone else here obsessed with the Hunger Games?
Good question, Madeleine! Those books are a little up-aged for the average OWL reader, so I’ll be interested to see how many blog readers are reading them. I take it you’re a fan?
I love the Hunger Games!!!!!!!!!
I haven’t read them but I have heard a lot about them (good and bad comments)
I have to be one of the BIGGEST Hunger Games fans EVER!
Is anyone else super excited for the movie? I saw the trailer and it rocks!
Question for Owl Mailbag: What is your favourite word?
I like words and I want to know if you know of any cool ones.
I like big words. they help in a lot in ELA.
Epic. I’m not sure why, it’s just a fun word. Either that or coolness if that is a word.
I COMPLETELY!!!!!!! agree with what nicole said. my favourite characters are katniss( of course) rue, and lady, prims goat
Craig, I just received my December OWL and I really like it, but there is just one little thing I have to point out.
Twillight was mentioned several times in the OWL Movie Awards sections. As I know that older readers may enjoy these movies, they contain mature content and violence. Some younger readers may take your mentioning of this as a sign that Twillight is appropriate for 9 year olds, which I believe to be false, especially in the later movies. I appreciate you trying to include movies that all age groups would enjoy, but I feel that Twillight should not be included in future OWL magazines.
This is just my opinion, and the rest of the magazine was awesome!
Hi Nicole! Thanks so much for your feedback. Making sure we’re including age-appropriate recommendations is something we’re constantly thinking about, and it’s good to have notes like yours to draw on when we’re making decisions.
Also, while we’re on the subject, did you read the “Hot Topic” article in the issue about film ratings? A movie like Twilight gets a PG rating (meaning that anyone can buy a ticket and walk right into the theatre) even though, as someone mentioned in the article, it deals with seriously mature themes. Do you think the rating system is working? Click here to vote:
No offense to anyone, but I really don’t like the twilight series I read the first book, and, well, ugh. Bellas so helpless, and eds a vampire, for crying out loud. And I agree with Nicole, for the third time. I think. Once about the hunger games ( want a good book, read that) and once about raotw. Nicole, whoever you are, (hopefully there’s not multiple nicoles) you rock.
I think I’m the only Nicole here… the only one who’s replying, anyways. =)
I wanna see the muppets! And the hunger games! Weird thought, what if they were combined……. Fluff everywhere! Felt hovercrafts! Noooooo, not Kermit! I think ms piggy would win
Ha! Now i’m picturing Katniss and Peeta singing the Muppets… =)
I agree with you nicole about the Twilight, my younger brother sometimes steals my mags and reads them, and I bet soon he will be asking too, except he is only 9, so it wil be a def no. thanks for pointing that out Nicole, good point! And also, I LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES. I like how they mix romance with a bit of violence. I would love to see the movie but unfortuanately i sometimes pass out when i see bloody and gory stuff, so i prob will pass for the movie!
Agree with you about the Hunger Games completly! I’m usually not a bloody movie fan, but since the Hunger Games is one of my favourite books, I’ll still watch the movie!
What is everybody’s fav movie and book here????
Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Book: Tie between the Hunger Games and Harry Potter
(Animated): How to Train Your Dragon
(Live action) Super 8
Fav book: The Hunger Games!!! But I also like books by Scott Westerfeld.
OH MY GOD LOOOOOVE THE MOVIE!!! WHENEVER I WATCH IT IT STAYS IT IS IMPLANTED IN MY BRAIN FOR ALMOST TWO WEEKS!!!!!!!!!
***** <This movie sooooo deserves five stars. For those of you who have seen it, how many stars would you rate it? Tell me!!!!
(This means you too, Craig =)
Thanks for the question, Emma! I’ll give it 3.5. I liked it a lot, but didn’t love it. However, I can totally see why someone would!