DVD review: Hugo

Sep 09, 2012, 11:12 IST | Sowmya Rajaram

A great meal ought to be followed by a spectacular dessert � the kind that leaves you with a pleasant, gooey haze. Special features after a fantastic movie ought to do the same, leaving you enriched and inspired

Director: Martin Scorcese
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law
LAbel: Reliance Home Video
Price: Rs 599
movie ****
Special features *

Sadly, the 19 minute-long solo feature Shoot the Moon: The Making of Hugo, at the end of what can only be described as an intoxicating adventure of a film, does none of that. At best, it is a meandering, sketchy account of a rich, layered film, with scattered, sorely inadequate glimpses into the making of Hugo, which won five Oscar awards earlier this year. 

Scorcese says when he went through the original book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, he felt “an immediate connection to the boy, the machinery of creativity.” Ben Kingsley adds, “It’s a classic tale — of a lost man guided back into life by a child.”

Screenwriter John Logan calls it a “modern Dickensian novel,” this story about finding oneself and celebrating life in an unsure modern world. We are told a bit about creating the little touches of the train station — from the romances between the peripheral characters and even their dogs.

The lack of detail really jars in the little attention given to the use of 3D in the film. Considering how beautifully the film incorporates 3D to create a charming, breathtaking vignette of life in 1930s Paris, this is a big miss. Instead you get half-hearted statements about the grandeur of the sets and 3D being an integral part of this film, not a gimmick. Nothing we didn’t already know.

Scorcese, talking through bursts of childlike laughter, and Asa Butterfiled (Hugo) and Chloë Grace Moretz (Isabelle) are endearing as they talk about working with each other, but that’s little takeaway.

Our advice — ditch the special feature altogether. Instead, watch the film and marvel at its beauty. If you do want to know more about how it was made (and we suspect you will after watching something so moving), Google. 

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