Monday, 19 December 2011

Come and dream with me

I've just seen the Martin Scorsese film, Hugo. It's a delightful film to see at Christmas - tender and touching, exciting and magical, a real children's film for adults. It reminded me a little of Cinema Paradiso and The Fall, and the beautiful cinematography, set in a wintry post-WWI Paris, makes the most of the 3D filming.

Asa Butterfield is a wonderfully earnest and lonely Hugo, an orphan hiding in the clock of a train station. Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley and Sasha Baron Cohen provide fine support, while there are some lovely cameos from Frances de la Tour, Richard Griffiths (I can't have been the only person who was pleased to see them united after The History Boys), Jude Law and Kevin Eldon.

The floristry-related highlight though, was when Sasha Baron Cohen's station officer nervously flirts with Emily Mortimer's character, who runs a dreamy-looking florist stall. 'Are they smelly flowers?' he asks, pointing to irises. I'll leave you to watch the film yourselves to see whether romance blossoms between them.