Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ — Opening Day Quotes

Martin Scorsese’s new film “Hugo” is about a young boy who lives inside a clock tower in a train station in Paris who must solve a mystery about his father. Moviegoers were surprised and delighted to see the master of mayhem put out a creative family-friendly film. Here are some opening day quotes from viewers in Pasadena, California.

“It was a wonderful movie. I loved that it was about saving and preserving movies, because that’s a topic I know is dear to [director] Martin Scorsese’s heart. The classic movie channels on television always have on documentaries about how he tries to save old films. This is his dedication to those movies he loves. He’s just a wonderful force in movies today. It was so creative.” — Sandra Lazatin, Pasadena.

“I was shocked to find out it takes place in Paris. I thought Scorsese only did ‘Italians in New York.’ This is something completely different from him. It’s more like some something Steven Spielberg would do.” — John Torres, Altadena.

“I ordered the book [‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ by Brian Selznick] for my kids through their school. They read it and their friends did too. So they already knew the story. It is definitely a movie the whole family can enjoy together.” — Marilyn Brooks, Pasadena.

“It was kind of boring in the beginning. It’s an art film for kids, so it is not for little ones. Take them to see ‘The Muppets’ instead.” — Paul Porchelli, Pasadena.

“My favorite part was seeing Martin Scorsese pop up in a bit part. It reminded me of the old Hitchcock movies where the director [Alfred Hitchcock] would be seen in cameo appearances. It was his regular signature and you start looking for him in all his movies. I think Scorsese should start doing that in all his movies too.” — Scott Johnston, Glendale.

“If Martin Scorsese didn’t have a cameo in the movie, you would have never believed he was the guy who made it. When I think of Scorsese, I think of ‘Goodfellas’ or ‘Taxi Driver’ and other movies like that, that are not for kids. But he did a great job on this. It was really an amazing movie.” — David Martin, Glendale.

“I would call it ‘magical.’ It was like an old-fashioned movie that makes you feel good and transports you to another world. It’s the only 3D movie I’ve ever seen that I think is really worth it. Ben Kingsley was just perfect in this movie.” — Joel Freeman, So. Pasadena.

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