Join Date: May 2003
Location: Ottawa (Orleans), ON
Hugo - Hugo, a mechanically-inclined orphan, spends his days tending to the clocks at the Montparnasse train station in Paris, and his spare time trying to complete the restoration, begun by his father, of an enigmatic automaton. Shortly after he is caught stealing spare parts by Georges Méliès, the owner of the station's toy shop, Hugo befriends the owner's god-daughter, Isabelle, and, with her help, completes the restoration of the automaton. A message generated by the machine leads them to discover that Isabelle's "Papa Georges" was once a famous director who, having fallen on hard times, saw most of his catalogue of films destroyed before he disappeared from public view and was eventually presumed dead. With the help of René Tabard - a film historian well-versed in Méliès' work - Hugo and Isabelle seek to restore "Papa Georges" to his former glory, and to revive his remaining films for the benefit of all cinema-lovers.
Comments: Although it had a gentle story and was chock full of wonderful imagery and cinematography, this movie also contained far too much filler (such as the scenes with Borat and those with the "dog people") and had a run-time that was far too long (at the one-hour mark, the movie felt as though it was almost over). It could have been so much more, but it was mostly just a disappointment.
Blu-ray: PQ and AQ were perfect.