Plot: Hugo, a little boy lost his father by a fire, lives lonely in the train station in Paris. Since his dad was a mechanic he was taught about a lot of clocks. Helping around the cities clocks, he hid his identity of being a orphan. Accompanied by the goddaughter of an bitter toy merchant, Hugo begins on a quest to solve the mystery of the automaton and find a place he can call home.
Camera Angles and Shots: There were many mid shots and close ups. I really liked the clock scene where in the end they showed the full landscape of Paris with a pan. That was one of my favorite scenes I has ever saw.
Mise-en-Scene: The costumes related to the setting of the story. Hugo wore a french hat, and all characters wore coats to show the weather of France. Also the set of the trains station was amazing. It was one of the most detailed sets I have ever seen. I wonder how big the studio is.
What I Like: I really liked the actors. Also I loved how the story connected with every actor in the movie.
Plot: The story takes place in the 1920s. The actor George Valentin is really famous and has many fans. When he starting working on his biggest film, he falls in love with his new coming co star, Peppy Miller, but George is married. So he doesn’t want to cheat with his wife. As Peppy Miller becomes more famous because the movie she did with George, George’s fades away.
Camera Shots and Angles: I found that the movie had a lot of wide shots. It did give the movie a broad ending, but I thing it was better because the movie was adapted from 1920s.
Mise-en-Scene: The costume were normal from the point of view of 1920s. And the setting was based on United States in 1920s, and I think it was a good set.
What I liked: I really liked several scenes. There was scene where George wanted to kill him self by putting a gun in his mouth and since it was a silent film there was note card as “BANG!”. So it gave the intensity between the audience and the actors. I got scared because I thought the man shot himself. But the bang was from an accident outside.
The Most Beautiful Thing: The most interesting part was the communication between both main characters. I really liked how the girl and boy had big difference they comprised to connect with each other. The angle and shots were appropriate for each scene. For example, in the beginning there was a scene where the guy was in the classroom and he was alone. The director showed some other students with a mid shot with other classmates features (hand, face) and him all alone. It was smart way to describe the characteristic of an actor. I don’t think there was something to change. Only the beginning was slow and the director can eliminate some scenes.
Text Me: I liked the idea of the confidence the man had to ask a girl out, even he had less money. (shown in the beginning of the film.) The topics the director used to describe how the love came between them was unstable and it made the movie unrealistic. It wasn’t realistic. I would have changed the whole script after the girl rejected him. I think the director had a lot of ideas but in the end it didn’t work out. This made the movie, very boring.
The Translator: I really liked the movie, yet I still had the correct feeling what was going to happen in the end. It was a cliche, however they added more dialogue that made the movie a bit interesting. I don’t think this was good example of a comedy movie. It might have any funny dialogues, but it didn’t symbolize the genre.