HUGO LOOKS QUITE HARRY POTTERESQUE
Yeah, I'm not seeing anything blatantly or subtly Scorcese-ish either, other than the fact that it looks gorgeous. Maybe the degree of color grading kinda reminds me of what he did on The Aviator?
The boy playing Hugo... something about his face reminds me of Maggie Gyllenhal.
Now, I'm really interested in seeing this, but I'm sure it's all due to Scorcese's involvement. Otherwise, I would probably brush it off as I did Lemony Snicket. Something gorgeous I'm not that interested in.
Not familiar with the source material either and this trailer does a rather poor job of piquing my interest.
On the positive side, the film does indeed look magnificent. The cast is fantastic. And Moretz handles a British accent better than most American actors twice her age.
On the other hand, I get a Hook-vibe from this. Granted, it looks nowhere near as garish as that film, but like Spielberg, I fear Scorcese may have succumbed to the notion that you have to go broad and slapstick to make a film that appeals to children (which was especially odd in Spielberg's case as he practically set the standard for kids' films with ET).
It will be interesting to see what a Scorsese kid's film is like. I severely doubt it will be anywhere near as bad as Hook, but I'm not floored with excitement from watching the trailer either. I have a feeling The Muppets is going to be the clear winner on that opening weekend.
I read the book after finding out it was Scorsese's next. Loved it. And while reading it, I could clearly see its potential as both a Scorsese film and a 3D film.
Hugo Cabret spends a great deal of time in the book alone, isolated from the other people at the train station, ritualistically winding up all the clocks. That, and the way he gets down on his knees, lights candles, and works on the clockwork man, reminded me of the images of loneliness and Catholic ritual seen through much of Scorsese's work.
Lots of long corridors, interlocking clockwork gears, clockwork toys, arriving trains, and stage magic illusions. Just the kind of things I'd like to see Robert Richardson film with 3D cameras.
What really got me excited in the trailer was Scorsese's recreations of imagery from early silent cinema. If you're a nerd for that sort of thing, there should be tons of Easter Eggs to geek over in the final film. The book is filled with them.
The Sasha Baron Cohen character is a very small part of the book, a minor antagonist who normally would not be played by a star. The Kingsley character is far more important. And there are so many characters and actors not seen here. Looking forward to glimpses of Michael Pitt, Emily Mortimer, and Christopher Lee.
Keep in mind that the real music for the film is composed by Howard Shore, which I'm sure will be in stark contrast to the sugary slop heard in the trailer.
I have faith. This is just a trailer designed to look awesome in 3D and wow the Harry Potter crowd. Hold your judgement for now.
Oh, and the title of the movie should be The Invention Of Hugo Cabret. Or at least Hugo Cabret. This shortened title is probably because marketing found out that dumb Americans can't pronounce Cabret.
There's a pretty obvious Méliès reference in the trailer.
If I didn't know about Scorsese's, this first trailer would probably have me thinking it's from the makers of Nanny McPhee. Snark aside, I'm quite anxious to see this, as it's so different from what he's done before he probably found it rather invigorating to make.
Technically, it's gorgeous, but that's it. So it's about a boy who lives on a trainyard, tries to evade Sacha Baron Cohen and solves SOMETHING with clocks? Has a City of Ember vibe, which was boring. Murray phoned that performance more in than on Passion Play.
I'm not a fan of the Harry Potter verse, but the choice of fonts is really offensive.