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.


Hugo tells the story of an orphaned boy Hugo Cabret (played by Asa Butterfield) living in the walls and attic spaces of a Paris train station. He has in his posession an automaton – his only connection to his deceased father who taught him to look after clocks and mechanical objects. Hugo is searching for missing parts to restore the Automaton to working order, and finds himself caught up in an adventure – trying to find out the link between the automaton, the shopkeeper Georges Méliès (played by Ben Kingsley) and his God-Daughter Isabelle (played by Chloë Grace Moretz). On their way in the adventure they have to avoid the path of the bumbling Station Inspector (played by Sacha Baron Cohen). 

The film is sumptuous. James Cameron remarked upon seeing it that is was the best use of 3D he had ever seen, and praised Martin Scorsese for creating a beautiful masterpiece. I couldn’t agree more.

I’m always a sucker for a film that asks philosophical questions, and this one captures the question of ‘purpose’ exquisitely.  

I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason.

Do you feel that you have purpose? Do you feel that you are doing the right thing each day?

If you haven’t seen Hugo, I’d urge you to watch it. You can watch it via, or get your own copy of it from

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