Hugo is a 2011 Martin Scorsese based on Brian Selznick‘s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret about a young boy who living as an orphan in a Paris railway station. The root story is about his relationship with an enigmatic toy shop owner in the station.
Hugo is Scorsese’s first film shot in 3D, of which the filmmaker remarked: “I found 3D to be really interesting, because the actors were more upfront emotionally. Their slightest move, their slightest intention is picked up much more precisely.” Paramount Pictures released and distributed the film in the U.S. on November 23, 2011.
At the 84th Academy Awards, Hugo received five Oscars — cinematography, art direction, visual effects, sound, and sound editing. Its 11 total nominations was the most for the evening.Hugo also won two BAFTAs and was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, earning Scorsese his third Golden Globe Award for Best Director.
The on-screen chemistry between Ben Kingsley (the toy shop owner) and Asa Butterfield elevates this film to an instant classic. The whole look and feel of the movie is like nothing I’ve ever seen. This movie rates a five on the Mickey scale. I considered giving it a four just because Sacha Baron Cohen was in the cast but even his antics could not bring down the power of this film.