Analysis Of 'The Invention Of Hugo Cabret'

Hugo: A Title Forgotten By Amala Benny Hugo by Martin Scorsese , based on the novel ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ by Brian Selznick, has enthralled viewers around the globe with its technical brilliancy, stunning visual effects and its moving tribute towards the origin of cinema. The opening scene is a testament as to why the movie was awarded an Oscar for cinematography. The transforming of the intricate clockwork mechanism into the beautiful streets of Paris was simply breathtaking. But where it emerges victorious warrior in the arena of visual effects, it turns out to be a cunning con artist in playing with our expectations. The movie explores the dream like aspect of cinemas and hence is a bit dream…show more content…
At least this is what we are led to believe during the first half of the movie, but then the plot changes! It is no longer about Hugo’s quest but is a history lesson about cinema. Although interesting on its own, one is left with a vague feeling of dissatisfaction when the movie refuses to return to the little hero. Instead it half heartedly allocates a purpose to Hugo which is fixing things and continues meandering down to the life and times of Georges Melies (Ben Kingsley). The mark of a protagonist or any round character is character development. The characters should grow as the film progresses and at the end should be better versions of themselves. But Hugo does not undergo any significant character transformation. The underlying theme of finding a purpose is instead realized through Papa Georges who at the end realizes his own value and takes back his rightful position in the society as Georges Melies. In this sense, he is the real hero of the…show more content…
But the majority of the movie was shot in a way as to lead us to believe that it is Hugo Cabret’s story. Unfortunately it is not. He is merely a medium Scorsese uses to divert one to the history of cinema and make one admire their dream like quality. Here, he resorts to the aid of technology, and the result is quite stunning, one has to admit. The drawings which become animated when the cabinet falls from Isabella’s hand, letting the papers fly, and the dream within a dream sequence, are all effective in capturing the dream like quality of films that fans of Melies admire. The movie is also, in a sense, a biopic of Georges Melies – it is a tribute that touches the heart and evokes the much awaited empathetic connection to the movie. The recreation of his earlier movies, like the 1902 production ‘Man on the Moon’, and the final scene where he himself becomes a part of his beloved cinemas evokes a sense of wonder, respect and gratification. The movie is a success in that

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