Hugo is one of those I-don’t-know-how-I-missed-it movies. I saw the preview and loved the film’s look, its steampunk sensibility. Add Martin Scorsese, Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen, and I have no clue why I didn’t see this in the theater.
Anyhow, Hugo is a charming and gorgeous film. Set in early 1930s Paris, it tells the story of an orphan who lives in a train station, stealing food to survive and always staying one step ahead of the station master (Sacha Baron Cohen, who steals every scene.)
Hugo runs afoul of a toy maker (Ben Kingsley) while stealing parts to repair his late father’s final project — the Automaton, a clockwork-driven mechanical man. As Hugo and the toy maker come to an accord, Hugo realizes the old man is more than he seems. And together, they may help each other resume their purpose in a vast, mechanized, lonely world.