Monday, December 12, 2011

Hugo

I saw Hugo, the new Martin Scorsese film, in 3D today. What a feast for the eyes and heart! I highly recommend it. Not only is Hugo an engaging story, but the acting is incredible (particularly by the two main child actors) and it's just a whole lot of fun to watch. For movie lovers like me, it's a must see for its exploration of the work of film pioneer Georges Melies.

I read online beforehand that compared to other 3D movies, the effects in Hugo are extremely well done, and I would agree. Most of the time, I can do without 3D. But this one is definitely worth seeing in 3D.

I went expecting a kids' movie. It's not so much. I imagine most kids would get pretty bored 30 minutes in. It's an adult picture that awakens the child in you.

The story goes like this (without giving anything away): Hugo Cabret is a young orphan who lives in a train station in 1930s Paris. Unbeknownst to everyone in the station, Hugo is the one who keeps all the clocks in the station wound up and set correctly. He's mechanically inclined and knows how to fix just about anything with gears and wheels, including an old automaton (a wind-up robot) that his late father found while scrounging around in an attic. With the help of the automaton and a young girl named Isabelle, Hugo solves a mystery that leads to redemption for himself and others.

At one point, Hugo Cabret gives voice to what we all instinctively know: we are broken. Like a machine in need of repair, we have been damaged by the fall of Adam. Sin has distorted the image of God we bear and we don't "work" quite right. Nevertheless, we each have a purpose - to glorify and enjoy God. In order to fulfill our purpose we must be fixed by the One who made us, has the key, and knows what to do. Jesus Christ came as our "Hugo" to rescue us from the junk pile. No one is beyond hope.

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