I saw the movie, "Hugo", in 3D today. I recommend it.
I wasn't familiar with the original book it was based on, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" nor the author, Brian Selznick. I hadn't read reviews of the movie, either. My wife wanted to go and I said, "Okay," and off we went, heading to the theater early because my wife thought a lot of children in attendance.
I've not seen a lot of movies this year. I've only seen three 3D movies. This theater and feature required the RealID circular 3D glasses, which resemble the glasses Buddy Holly wore when he sang "Peggy Sue". I wore glasses and fit them over them and sat back, feeling a little strange. The 3D glasses reduced my vision's scope.
Then -- the movie began --
The screen leaped out, its frames dissolved. Snowflakes fell toward us. People in the sparse audience said, "Oh." I saw several people in the rows ahead draw back and say, "Wow." That impression stayed throughout the movie. Everything was sharper. It didn't look real because it was too sharp and the levels of depth were more distincct than my eyes normally experience. In some ways, it reminded me of the eye test when they say, "Two, or three," as they flip through two slightly different levels of focus.
Still, this was a great experience. First, I enjoy Martin Scorsese movies. When I think of them, I first recall "Mean Street", "Taxi Driver", "Raging Bull", "Goodfellas", "The Gangs of New York", and "The Departed". More thinking and I remember there was "The Age of Innocence", "The King of Comedy" and "The Aviator". None of them set me up for "Hugo".
Scorsese used the 3D to wonderful effect, especially in the clock tower. The pieces were alive and real, aided by his color choices. Many scenes had golden hues to them. More weird was how well details, such as the clothing's fabric, and people's pores, came out. Was this a side effect of 3D or a result of high definition? I'll bet it the latter. Got sort of strange in time, seeing people's nostrils flaring and moving in and out as they reacted and breathed.
The dogs were also surreal. Three dogs are featured, all as minor characters, but Maximilian, the station inspector's Doberman pinscher, had several close ups and was involved in several chase scenes that increased the tension.
I'm not going to say anything about the story except it was inventive, creative, and delightfully realized. The characters were rich, the plot, while not greatly inventive, had a great arc, with excellent pacing and tension. It was a great way to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com