Posted by: ckckred | December 22, 2011

Hugo: Why Aren’t More People Watching It

I loved seeing Hugo the other day, but I’m wondering why more people haven’t seen it.  The film has received a fantastic 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 83 out of 100 on Metacritic, plus it won Best Picture and Director at the National Board of Review.

Unfortunately, general audiences don’t seem interested.  By last weekend, the film has only gained $39.1 million domestically (I don’t know its oversea’s gross), which is considerably low due to its $170 million budget.  Why isn’t Hugo attracting more people?

The reason being, I believe, is that Hugo is a film for movie lovers.  It romanticizes the films of George Méliès and gives themes of depth and perception.  However, most people just saw it as a kid’s movie and didn’t want to see it, while kids didn’t want to see it because, well, it’s not an action or comedy film with Disney actors.

I wish more people would see this fantastic movie, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to get much more money before it goes out theaters.  It’d be nice if people left the next Transformers film for Hugo though.

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  1. I’ve been telling people about “Hugo.” Martin Scorsese does create a love letter to the magical early days of cinema; I also liked all the nods to Parisian art culture in the train station. There’s so few movies that a whole family can enjoy on different levels, but this is one of them.

  2. Ugh, not enough people appreciate this masterful piece of art!


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