Hugo Trailer

If someone were to show me the trailer for Hugo without a shred of a clue as to who the director was, I would never have said Martin Scorsese.

Aside from the lovely color palette which is very reminiscent of his work on The Aviator, this has nothing that would give away Scorsese’s directing skills. The film tells the story of an orphan boy who lives within the walls of a Paris train station. After meeting an eccentric girl, they search together for the answer to the mystery of a heart-shaped lock that seems to have no key.

Based on the Brian Selznick novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was originally the planned title, the film marks Scorsese’s first film shot in 3D.

Although the cast — sporting Jude Law, Chloe Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Asa Butterfield — does look promising, there’s much hesitation to sing Scorsese’s praises this time after seeing the trailer content. One can only hope that working in an unfamiliar territory will work well for Scorsese, but it’s hard to be excited for a movie in which a dog reacts to a slapstick bit, especially with a name like his attached to it.

Hugo is set for release on November 23rd, 2011.

Juan Barquin

Just yer average twenty-something college student with no time on his hands who ends up watching (and writing) too many movies and shows for his own good.

3 Responses

  1. I’m excited to see what Scorsese will do with the 3D technology. Normally I avoid 3D, but I would think Scorsese is the kind of director who would really play with the technology to get the most out of it.

    That being said, this trailer is definitely aimed at getting families to come see the movie and thus makes it look for more mediocre than I’d think Scorsese would probably have liked.

    • amy says:

      @Cinema Fanatic, I’m also interested in that. (as well as Ang Lee). On a technological point of view, I want to see what filmmakers like them can do with it. If they make it work, 3D might get a few more years in life xD

      • Juan Barquin says:

        @amy, Honestly, 3D fascinates me just as much as it terrifies me. When put it the right hands, it can be an absolute godsend, but otherwise – it’s painful. I can’t say I’m not excited for this movie because I am, but the levels have gone down a little more than they used to be. I’m REALLY hoping that it’s just the marketing for the film that makes it look ridiculous and mediocre and not that the actual movie is like that. But I must push on and continue having faith in Scorsese! Plus, this might be my first movie with Brandon so that should be nice regardless.