Martin Scorsese was very vocal when the hype of 3D was on the rise about two years ago when James Cameron’s Avatar came to big screen and became the highest grossing film of all time. The Oscar-winning director claimed that “3D is liberating. Every shot is rethinking cinema.” So now, two years later we get our first look at Hugo, a 1930s period piece set in Paris with a star studded cast including Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law, Helen McCrory, Christopher Lee, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley and Ray Winstone. The film seems to be a action adventure mystery movie that is more family and kid-oriented than anything else.
It is tough to judge something like this coming from Martin Scorsese, the man who gave us Goodfellas, Casino and The Departed among others. He seems to be making this film with the 3D in mind but at this point I am just not interested when it comes to a film selling me on the 3D aspect. I am not writing the film off completely but this is not something anyone would be talking about without Martin Scorsese’s name being attached to it. The music in the background and the kid running through the train station while Sacha Baron Cohen runs after him for half the trailer is stupid and makes me wonder where Scorsese’s head is at. “It’s Neverland, Oz, Treasure Island all rolled into one,” add some The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe and Polar Express and you have Hugo. It says what it’s going for in the trailer. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Hugo hits theatres on November 23rd; check out the trailer after the jump.