The Movie Snob sees his last movie of 2011.
Hugo (B). The critical acclaim made me a little afraid that my expectations for this movie had gotten too high. Then I talked to a friend of mine who saw it, and her review of it was very “meh.” So that lowered my expectations nicely, and when I finally got around to seeing it, I enjoyed it rather nicely. Hugo (Asa Butterfield, TV’s Merlin) stars as Hugo Cabret, a young orphan who lives in the walls and among the clockworks of a Paris railroad station between the wars. He lives hand-to-mouth by stealing from various vendors in the station, while avoiding the gimlet eyes of the station inspector (Sasha Baron Cohen, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby). He’s also trying to fix an automaton that’s pretty much all he has left to remember his dad (Jude Law, Alfie) by. His thievery brings him to the attention of Georges Melies (Ben Kingsley, BloodRayne), the elderly gentleman who runs a wind-up-toy shop in the station, and his spunky goddaughter Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz, (500) Days of Summer). Melies is connected to the automaton somehow, but he refuses to explain, so the kids do some sleuthing and have some adventures, and in a way the whole thing is director Martin Scorsese’s love letter to the movies. I enjoyed it.