Scorsese uses 3D in creating Hugo

By Scout Livesey/Eagle Post staff

In a world where 3D movies have become nothing more than an exaggerated push of objects toward an audience as an excuse to create extra revenue and to give the director a false sense of accomplishment for producing a movie in “3D”, director Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” is a fresh and invigorating take on the progressive art of 3D film making.

   Scorsese sees 3D more than just a toy to tinker with as other directors appear to, and takes 3D filmmaking beyond its childish days, fulfilling its true potential as more than a cheap trick by weaving it into the very foundation of the film. Every snowflake and speck of dust that floats through each scene mimics the reflection of reality, transforming the dark, warm theater into a cold night, leaving the audience lost in the detail of every scene. His use of 3D creates the sensation that you are more than a casual, curious moviegoer who happened to stumble in the theater, but that you are there, joining Hugo, a dark haired blue eyed orphan played by Asa Butterfield, through his adventure as a silent character yourself.

Based on “The Adventures of Hugo Cabret”, a children’s book by Brian Selznick set in depression 1930’s Paris, “Hugo” takes us into a lively train station where all of the clocks are run in secret by an orphaned Hugo who spends his time stealing parts from a secretive grouchy shopkeeper; played by Ben Kinglsy, in order to fix a mysterious automaton that him and his late father, played by Jude Law, would spend quality time together trying to fix.

Misfortune befalls our hero when he is caught stealing from the grouchy shop keeper and is forced to work there to pay off everything he has stolen. After the shopkeeper steals a book of notes that his father kept that are necessary to fix  his father’s mystery machine, Hugo befriends the shopkeepers curious goddaughter Isabelle, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, who loves a good mystery and helps Hugo on his quest to get the book and fix his father’s machine. The two spend time running around the station while avoiding the patrolling guard, investigating the mysteries of well, everything, which leads to most fantastic mystery and discovery of all, which I will not spoil here.

Overall, Martin Scorsese has created a 3D masterpiece filled with wonder and mystery that both children and adults can enjoy.


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