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.