Our November 2011 Film selection for the Book to Film Club is Hugo based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick and it was release just the past week on Wednesday November 23, 2011 (US Thanksgiving). I think it's a perfect holiday pick as it has a whimsical and fantastical feel to it, even though it's set in reality, and also has layers of nostalgia being set in the early 1930s. The book it's based on is a combination written & illustrated book and was inspired by "Georges Méliès, his surviving films, and his collection of mechanical, wind-up figures called automata (source)".
The film Hugo is directed Martin Scorcese (Shutter Island, The Departed, Gangs of New York, Goodfellas) and is the only book to film where they've changed the title on us, although it's a very recognizable transition. I hope the film keepsthat kind of feel! The film stars Asa Butterfield, Chloë Moretz, Michael Pitt, Jude Law, Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen
Here are some things to ponder when thinking, writing and/or journaling about the film:
- Did you enjoy the film?
- Did you see it in 3D? What was that like?
- Was the film what you expected from reading the book?
- How did you feel about the tone of the film?
- Did you feel that the captured the time period well?
- How did you feel about the casting? Were the characters what you expected?
- Were there characters, moments or ideas you liked better in the book? If so, what were they?
- What was your favourite thing about the book?
- Were there characters, moments or ideas you liked better in the film? If so, what were they?
- What was your favourite thing about the film?
- Was there anything you understood more after seeing the film?
- Was there anything you felt was missing from the film?
- Did the film capture the spirit of the book?
- Who would you recommend the book to?
- Who would you recommend the film too?
- Are you happy you read the book before seeing the film?
- Would you recommend people read the book before seeing the film?
- What was the impact of reading the book before seeing the film?
Be the First
Hugo is the last film theatrical release for the 2011 Movie Moxie Book to Film Club, but some will still be seen on the big screen like The Woman in Black which comes out February 2012. I'll certainly be keeping everyone in the loop on when titles will be releases so make sure to sign up for updates here.