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Monday, March 5, 2012

Hugo: Movie Review and IndigoHugo Tweet Up

One of the most amazing things about being a book blogger are some of the spectacular events I have been invited to and the incredible people I have met because of these events.

I once again had the opportunity to attend an Indigo Tweet Up organized by the ever charming Jeremy Cammy  This time around the aptly nicknamed, Captain Awesome, organized a viewing of the Oscar nominated Hugo for us. Not only did Indigo treat us to the visually stunning Hugo, they also gave us all Indigo gift cards much to hubby's dismay (yup once again  he called Cammy a bastard for fueling my unhealthy obsession with books). Scholastic (we all know how much I love these guys) also sent along a wonderful gift bag with some books and swag. .  The night was full of laughs and fascinating discussions about books, movies, social media, travel,  my new fiery red hair (and Sarah's not so new hair),  hot boys (yes , one of my favorite topics) and food..  I met some delightful new faces as well as being able to reconnect with  3 of my fellow #indigotweet girls.  Thank you Cammy, Indigo, and Scholastic for the spectacular night of freedom.  Also thank you Jenn for letting me crash at your place instead of traveling home to the boonies that late at night.  The accommodations were wonderful and I truly felt spoiled being surrounded by books and chocolate -- not to mention that I totally want a Tassimo now!

Don't forget to come back on Wednesday when I feature Jeremy Cammy in my new Feature called A Day in the Life

What a stunning group of people - Photo Courtesy of Sara Hamil

Paramount Pictures
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers:John Logan (screenplay), Brian Selznick (book)
Stars:Asa Butterfield, ChloГ« Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sasha Baron Cohen, Helen McCrory and Christopher Lee
Release Date: November 23, 2011
Suggested Ages: 10+ (my personal opinion)

Description: Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in the 1930s in Paris. He fixes clocks and other gadgets as he learned to from his father and uncle. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his father is an automaton that doesn't work; Hugo has to find its heart-shaped key. On his adventures, he meets with a cranky old man who works in the train station and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and as he discovers it, the old man starts remembering his past and his significance to the world of film-making.

The Good Stuff
  • Visually stunning, I was absolutely mesmerized by the fantastical world created on the screen
  • The only film in the past 10 years that I have enjoyed viewing in 3D
  • Sasha Baron Cohen was absolutely brilliant and the character 
  • Fell in love with Isabelle, a truly delightful spunky character- now girls this is a positive role model - not Bella from Twilight
  • One of the best adaptations of a book I have ever seen. I adored the book and this was very much true to the story 
  • The secondary characters really come to life far more than they did in the story 
  • Hilariously funny yet poignantly sad and beautiful all within minutes of each other
  • I adore Ben Kingsley and once again he does not disappoint. One of the most gifted actors alive today
  • Made me cry 
  • Did I mention Sasha Baron Cohen -- such a beautiful performance in what could have been a silly caricature - loved him!
  • Definitely worthy of all of the nominations and awards

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Drags a wee bit -- honestly 20 minutes could have been cut out with no impact in the enjoyment of the story
  • Holy crap it was loud (OMG I am totally sounding like my mom when she used to go to the theatre)
Favorite Quotes

Isabelle: We could get into trouble.
Hugo Cabret: That's how you know it's an adventure. 

Lisette: Don't forget to smile.
Station Inspector: Which one? I've mastered three!
Georges MГ©liГЁs: If you've ever wondered where your dreams come from, you look around... this is where they're made.

Hugo Cabret: Maybe that's why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn't able to do what it was meant to do... Maybe it's the same with people. If you lose your purpose... it's like you're broken.
Who Should Watch
  • I think 10+ as there are some dark and tragic moments and quite frankly many younger viewers will be bored - Jake would have totally hated this and it would have freaked him ou

4.5 Dewey's


  1. I agree - it was a totally awesome night! Great review of the movie too :)

    1. Thanks, point form works the best for me & hopefully we will get chance to attend one of these again -- although I think I will start feeling guilty if I do get the chance : )

  2. Terrific review! Indigo does sponsor some wonderful events, though I have yet to be party to them. I just hear about them through the grapevine/blogs like yours. Glad you had a good time!

  3. Thanks Shirley! Hopefully you get a chance they are so much fun and I have met some truly awesome people : )

  4. I super LOVED Sasha Baron Cohens character! I know he was supposed to be kinda a bad guy in the movie (chasing Hugo and all), but his romance with the flower lady was soooo endearing! :)

    1. I agree J - I smiled each time the two of them were on the screen