It's already opened in the US alongside the tough competition of 'The Muppets' and it hits UK screens in 3D next Friday (December 2nd) but yet, still so many are asking me "What is it?" - so to answer this question, here's a list of things about 'Hugo' and why you should do your bit and go see it. Here we go...
It's a MARTY film.
Martin Scorsese is one of the finest auteurs working in cinema today and has contributed so much to the film industry throughout his lengthy career. Scorsese has also devoted generous time to preserving silent and classic films as well as restoring films from Powell & Pressburger and other sensational filmmakers. Marty, much like many of us, is a film buff who loves watching and talking movies as well as directing them. Sure, 'Hugo' isn't going to be blood-splattered and foul-mouthed like many of his other films that we know and love, but the fact that he has made a family 3D film is extremely exciting and one is hopeful that it can be considered alongside his finest works.
Critics LOVE it.
The praise from the USA has been incredible and some of the lucky few who have already seen it over here have gone mad for it too. I'm heading to the première on Monday night so I will share my review after. The big boys in America have cuddled and smothered it with glittering comments - Roger Ebert gave it 4/4, Richard Roeper graded it A+, and Richard Cordless simply dubbed it "a masterpiece".
It teaches about Georges Melies.
One of the godfathers of the moving image, Georges Melies, is characterised in 'Hugo' by Sir Ben Kingsley and the film preaches much about his contribution to cinema and indeed the art of imagery. From magic lantern shows to the first uses of 'special effects' - all filmmakers owe a debt to Melies and for Marty to do so in a narrative feature rather than a documentary is quite incredible.
Chloe Grace Moretz is in it.
She is one of the boldest and most talented young actresses to emerge from Hollywood for years. At only 14, she has made a sensational name for herself and managed to stay mature and genuine throughout the process. One loves her dearly and cannot wait to see her performance as British girl Isabelle. Watch a recent interview with her on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon below and try to resist her charm and wit - I dare you.