This movie is much more imaginative and less cliche than most you find. It's part of what I really liked about it. Hugo is almost a child's fairy tale for adults.
Meet Hugo. An imaginative boy whose intellect surprises for one so young. One day his father discovers an unusual robot-like mechanism and makes it their special project. With his father's gift of clock making and tinkering, Hugo determines to fix the intriguing creation. Although the little mechanism is missing the one thing to make it work...a heart-shaped key. But his father suddenly dies, leaving Hugo to solve the mystery of the robot and keep himself hidden from the outside world.
Left to fend for himself, Hugo lives in a train station clock tower, daily winding the clocks unbeknownst to the stationmaster while trying to avoid being caught by the police.
Lonely Hugo finds an unlikely companion in highly imaginative and bookish Isabelle who brings joy back into his life and tries to help him solve the mystery of the automaton he and his father found. But another mystery and untold secrets still hang above Isabelle's guardian parents, and Hugo holds the key to unlocking it.
I believe this very well done with an entertaining music track and bright and unusual visuals.
"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." HugoIndecency: This was a wonderfully clean movie with two minor exceptions. An actress has a costume on and it exposes her legs a bit more than prefered but it's very brief and not too close up. And the second one even took me a minute to catch so I think it will go over 14 and under's heads. It was just a brief moment of mildly spoken innuendo and talk of infidelity. It's meant for light humor but still uncalled for. And as it's said with British accents, some might not even understand the words.