A little Johnny, a little Jack, a little…… Steampunk?
For those who are very much into ‘Steampunk’, “Hugo” is a must see film. It is a co-production of Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and Graham Kings, GK Films. Produced by Johnny Depp, Graham King and Timothy Headington, directed by Martin Scorsese. The movie is based on Brian Selznick’s novel ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabaret’. “Hugo” is a fantasy adventure that takes place in a Paris railway station in the early 1930s. Hugo Cabret is a young boy whose father, a master clockmaker, and mother has died, leaving him with his alcoholic uncle, who is a watchmaker responsible for maintaining the clocks in the railway station. Hugo’s adventure begins when he meets a young girl, godchild of the legendary film maker and illusionist Georges Méliès, who holds the ‘key’ to the ‘mechanical man’ Hugo’s father left behind upon his death. A very heart felt and moving film. It honours old historical movies by Georges Méliès, who is sometimes referred as the First ‘Cinemagician’.
Steampunk is a present fascination of mine,… the concept, fashion, gadgets,… all clearly intriguing with overwhelming ideas. It is yet another chapter in my world of ‘dress-up’ that I like participating in.
UPDATE: HUGO has been nominated for 11 Academy Awards on February 26, 2012.