Film plot –
‘Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn’t work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past.’
So far with Film club, this is the film that I have been impressed with the most, in terms of the visual effects used as well as the storyline, together creating an magical experience for both the cast and audience. I enjoyed watching each of the actors help depict Georges Méliès through Martin Scorsese’s script, although I find it strange how the film seems to have two main storylines. One being the focus on Hugo, an orphan, who works on the clocks within the train station, the other following the life of Méliès, paying a tribute to his work throughout the years.
The vfx within the film seem to be on a much larger scale compared to the other films that we have watched, mainly due to how much the industry has developed over the years. I enjoyed this film, and it was intriguing to learn far more about Méliès life and career, as we had looked into his cinematography and influence within the industry prior to watching the film.