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YMMV: Hugo

  • Award Snub: Lost to The Artist (another brilliant love letter to cinema in a different sort) for Best Picture.
  • Conspicuous CG: The gears in the clock tower. While terrifically animated, you can sometimes tell that they aren't real, especially when comparing them to the real things on the sets.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Howard Shore did the music. What do you expect?
  • He Really Can Act: Sacha Baron Cohen, one of the biggest Love It or Hate It comedians working today, has a far more emotional and vulnerable role than usual and pulls it off very well.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Both of his dreams, but ESPECIALLY the second one.
  • Signature Scene: The runaway train dream.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Papa Georges's backstory.
    • Shoe heels.
    • Hugo begging Inspector Gustave to let him go so that he could bring Georges' long-lost automaton back.
  • Uncanny Valley: The automaton.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The opening flyby of the train station. It really shows how well 3D can be used in the right hands. And the aforementioned dreams.
  • The Woobie: Both Hugo and Papa Georges. Actually, pretty much everybody at some point.

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