For a director best known for his violent, gangster based narratives, Scorsese would understandably not be the first director you would associate with directing a child’s film.
Adapted from Brian Selznick’s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Scorsese’s Hugo, set in 1930s Paris, depicts the young Hugo Cabret who, after the death of his father, lives in secret within the walls of a train station.
The trailer depicts a wonderfully realised, immersive world, and Scorsese’s direction inspires confidence in the final product. Despite this, the trailer for Hugo left me feeling disappointed. Not knowing what to expect I had, with the knowledge of Scorsese’s directorial involvement, high-expectations for the trailer. To my dissatisfaction, Scorsese’s film looks rather generic, offering little that hasn’t been seen before.
With a cast that includes Jude Law, Sacha Baron Cohen, Christopher Lee, Michael Stuhlbarg (amazing in A Serious Man), and the excellent Chloë Moretz, Hugo looks set to be, if nothing else, one of the finest acted child’s films around. As ever, judging the film on the trailer alone reveals little about the final product, so any final judgements will be reserved until the film itself is released.