Confused and vastly overrated
A member from Dublin, 01 Jun 2012
Firstly the good part... Hugo is visually spectacular for the most part and, in its opening scene in particular, captures the magic of cinematic techniques perfectly. Now the bad parts... a very confused, dual-personality plot, some surprisingly wooden acting from talented actors, strained attempts at comedy and a poor script. I should have known better, knowing as I do that any film 'Marty' directs will automatically earn an extra couple of stars from the reviewers and this is certainly the case here.The other question is - who exactly is it intended to appeal to? Bar the visuals obviously, this is essentially a kid's film that kids would find extremely dull and it isn't really grown up enough for adults.
I'd suggest that, unless you are a die-hard Marty fan or fan of the early days of cinema you avoid this, although, to be fair, there are one or two visually fabulous scenes worth watching.
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Not a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen but ...
Aileen from Dublin, 16 May 2013
Very charming story with excellent performances from Ben Kingsley and Jude Law especially. Watched it in 2D blue ray and worked very well. Maybe a bit long but the cast of mainly British actors kept it interesting. A lot of small cameos (James Joyce in the station cafe) which I would have missed if I hadn't read up on the film before watching it. A very clever and entertaining Scorcese film with a lovely story. Sacha Baron Cohen's character was irritating but I warmed to him by the end.
Seamus from Monaghan, 07 Oct 2012
When I opened the envelope with this in it I vaguely remembered putting it on my list but couldn't remember why. I thought it was a kid's film but it was there and the wine was open so we popped it in. So glad we did. The colours, the pictures the story. This film has it all. We loved it.
One of the best films of the year
Matthew from Cork, 07 Apr 2012
A wonderful film from start to finish, this Martin Scorcese directed film follows a young boy and covers the beginnings of cinema itself. Beautifully shot and acted this is a children's film which can be enjoyed by all ages.
A magical film
Brian from Dublin, 07 Nov 2012
A feel good fantasy...set in a beautifully recreated Parisian Railway station at the turn of the last century . Behind that ,a genuine look at the early pioneering years of the cinema. Some extraordinary visual effects.