HUGO

HUGO

I LOVED the movie Hugo. Even though at this point we know it didn’t win best picture of the year at the Oscars, for me it was #1.

Movie image courtesy of World Celebrity Status blog

In this time of global upheaval I found it refreshing to see this beautiful, breathtaking and old fashioned fairytale. A story that appeals to the child with in us all, with enough interesting metaphor to capture the adult. And the stunning 3 D visuals of Paris and beyond were a feast for my eyes! I’m so happy I saw it at the theater in full magical 3D splendor.

But even with all the eye candy, it was the subtle, and not so subtle messages that had me clapping with delight. Here are just a few of the messages that stood out for me:

  • We all need a “key” to unlock our hearts, don’t we?

movie image courtesy of Perez Hilton blog

  •  and…behind every secret there is a key, if we continue to look for one!
  • This movie took place in a time when the world was shifting into an industrial society. I love the emphasis on the machinery, reflecting the times. Just like the emphasis on computers these days.
  • Comparing humans to machines who sometimes needed repairing was a great analogy for me.
  • I loved it when Hugo said that machines don’t come with spare parts, therefore every part counts, and has to mean something. Another analogy that all of us humans have a purpose and a part to play.
  • I love the automaton as a symbol for our inner Self, that which has a message for us, has a secret we need to unlock, that with a heart will then lead us to the source. Perfect!

    image courtesy of film on air blog

  • I loved how Hugo watched daily life at the station through the windows of time. How many of us watch from the sidelines?
  • And then when he slowly emerged to joined the world; and in the last scene became a part of events as opposed to an observer.
  • Who didn’t love the dastardly station master played so well by Sacha Baron Cohen?

    Sacha Baron Cohen as the station master with his side kick, courtesy of Time out Chicago Kids blog

  • PS…and have you noticed the color scheme throughout, which subtly emphasizes the reds and teals, as if the entire film were being seen through old-fashioned ’50s 3-D glasses? Obviously my favorite color for the year, and I love it combined with the gold.
But most of all, I found Hugo a delightful homage to a form of magic we all know and love, the movies! Thank you Mr. Martin Scorsese, for this incredible movie.
Did you see the movie? What did you think? What metaphors most appealed to you? What was your favorite movie of the year? Leave me your thoughts, I’d love to know. 

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  1. Lyn Higgs 10 years ago

    Shame on me I have not seen this movie as yet–Have it on my list of must do or see!!
    From what I have seen on the reviews looks like a
    great movie!!

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