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Hugo 3D. a movie I liked - Input Junkie
January 4th, 2012
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Hugo 3D. a movie I liked
This one is pretty charming, and also pretty.

Even though I saw it because people liked it without knowing anything else about it, and had a vague impression it was about Victor Hugo, my wondering whether the station guard was an inspiration for Javert didn't really do any damage, and I eventually figured out that it's simply cyberpunk fiction about an invented character.

I could write more about the plot and the setting, but if you want that, you could look it up elsewhere. Sometimes it's a pleasure to go in with a "tell me a story" attitude.

It's possible that there will be a sequel, but the story is complete in one movie.

It's a message movie, but the message is only underlined once, and the general point that what's needed is kindness and ingenuity is remarkably refreshing. There aren't any scenes of coercive interrogation by the good guys. As a bonus, romance isn't reserved for the pretty people.

With all this going for it, I'm willing to forgive an idiot plot (no one notices that the clock guy's salary isn't being collected, a large train station apparently only has one guard) and giving dogs human body language.

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Date:January 4th, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
I just finished reading the book a little while ago. The movie follows it very closely; some of the harsher bits are toned down, and the Station Inspector's role is expanded. He made me think of Javert too, with his obsessive pursuit of Hugo.

In the book, Hugo saves all his uncle's paychecks; I don't remember if the movie made this point. Back then the failure to cash checks wouldn't have been noticed as quickly as it would today.

I really, really, liked the movie.
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Date:January 4th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
I really liked it.
It was also my first experience of new 3D technology. Surprisingly, I was fine with it. It didn't give me a headache, the oversized glasses fit well over mine, and the 3D stuff wasn't obtrusive most of the time. It was occasionally distracting when they were pulling stunts like the side-on view of the flower display.

But I don't know that 3D really added anything to it.

Geekiness: There are three actors from the Harry Potter movies in it. And the Station Inspector is the guy who played Borat.

And the life of Georges Méliès before the movie is mostly correct.

Edited at 2012-01-04 11:53 pm (UTC)
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Date:January 5th, 2012 01:37 am (UTC)
I would have said "the life of Georges Méliès before World War I is mostly correct." I'm reasonably sure he wasn't prematurely assumed dead.
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Date:January 5th, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
I'd even go as far as to call Hugo beautiful, a loving tribute to Mellies.
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Date:January 5th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
I loved the book and am looking forward to seeing the movie.
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