Martin Scorsese's Trailer For 'Hugo' Looks Like The 3D Adventure We've All Been Waiting For

by Edward Davis
July 14, 2011 10:33 AM
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In recent years, we've seen 3D films done by the likes of James Cameron, Michael Bay and botched by others we won't bother naming, but none of us have seen a 3D movie, a family adventure film no less, by Martin Scorsese. And so the trailer for his upcoming film, "Hugo" (formerly known as "Hugo Cabret") has hit and we must say it looks pretty damn wonderful, thrilling and charming (vibrant use of music too, though that doesn't sound like composer Howard Shore's work; he wrote the score).

Not only it is a 180 degree shift for Scorsese who has never made a children's picture like this, the film is pinning its hopes on a relative unknown in newcomer Asa Butterfield, who plays the lead. That said, there is an astounding supporting cast around him that includes co-lead Chloe Moretz plus Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Emily Mortimer and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Dare this writer to say the trailer looks damn magical, but surely some will disagree. Certainly it's not what we've come to expect from Scorsese, but change is good, is it not? Though, we will admit, the filmmaker's batting average when it comes to major change isn't perfect.

Films like "The Age of Innocence," "Kundun" and even his musical "New York, New York" are not regarded as his best films, but hell, it's Marty so you've gotta have a little faith.

Here's the synopsis:

Hugo tells the story of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. With the help of an eccentric girl, he searches for the answer to a mystery linking the father he recently lost, the ill-tempered toy shop owner living below him and a heart shaped lock, seemingly without a key. Based on Brian Selznick's award winning and imaginative New York Times bestseller, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, this magical tale is Academy Award-winner Martin Scorsese's first film shot in 3D.

Will this connect with Scorsese fans? That might not be the aim and if sold well, it could be be the broadest and biggest picture of his career. It will be interesting to see if it lands well with critics and the holiday crowd.

Scorsese's "Hugo," no longer 'Cabret,' is set to hit theaters November 23, 2011. Yes, you'll recall it had an early December date when it was first slotted, but Sony moved it up to the always lucrative Thanksgiving weekend slot. Check out the trailer in HD over at Apple or check out the embed below.

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22 Comments

  • Deidre | August 7, 2011 4:34 AMReply

    I'm probably going to get a bunch of 'hate' comments for saying this, but this movie looks pretty darn fun. I'm around the age group that Scorcese was aiming for, so I guess that's no surprise. With a brilliant cast and a legendary director, I don't think this can go wrong. I have very high hopes for this movie.

  • scribe | July 15, 2011 7:42 AMReply

    Kev where are you? this guy is ridiculous, nobody likes this trailer, its a big fat dud. what the hell are you smoking

  • Sean | July 15, 2011 6:10 AMReply

    Bad trailer but i'll probably like it.
    And that's how the logic works. I loved the shutter island trailer but hated the movie.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | July 15, 2011 2:34 AMReply

    I agree, this is one horribly cut trailer with bad music. That said, it's look pretty damn good and maybe it speaks to the film that it can override such a terrible presentation.

  • Jesse | July 15, 2011 2:20 AMReply

    I'm sure this film will be OK, but that trailer made me cringe You couldn't have seriously enjoyed that?

  • Carmen | July 15, 2011 1:49 AMReply

    Looks pretty but the music...

    P.S. @Raul: Indeed! Poor are the ones who can't enjoy "The Age of Innocence”, absolutely great film!

  • Jacob S. | July 15, 2011 1:43 AMReply

    The song is "Kings and Queens" by 30 Seconds to Mars.

  • R | July 15, 2011 1:40 AMReply

    The font makes you beg for death. Dumbed down Hollywood trailer. But the awesome shots of the Melies stuff is the real Scorcese picture buried here.

  • Glass | July 15, 2011 1:22 AMReply

    "Awkward" is the operative word for this trailer.

    Almost as awkward as that part in the Contagion trailer where it hits the brakes and holds on Matt Damon saying "What're you talking about? What happened to her?..... WHAT HAPPENED TO HER?"

  • saul | July 15, 2011 1:17 AMReply

    exactly, raul.

  • gary | July 15, 2011 1:02 AMReply

    Awful trailer for what will probably prove to be a nice movie. Just wish Scorsese would make something truly awesome again, something more than just nice or entertaining. He's been on cruise control for the last decade. And the music in this weakly cut trailer is truly horrendous.

  • kared keto | July 14, 2011 12:23 PMReply

    why is marty remaking mr magoriums wonder emporium? awful

  • raul | July 14, 2011 12:20 PMReply

    exactly, Paul.

  • Paul | July 14, 2011 12:16 PMReply

    Now we get the usual assholes who say "This looks terrible" & "Scorsese has lost it". The movie comes out- is amazing & these punks have to wait two years to start the process all over again.

  • raul | July 14, 2011 12:03 PMReply

    "Films like “The Age of Innocence”...are not regarded as his best films." um, what? That movie's a masterpiece.

    And for those criticizing the music, please remember that a film and its marketing are two different things. This looks great, I think.

  • styles | July 14, 2011 11:33 AMReply

    seriously? this looks terrible.

  • Christopher Bell | July 14, 2011 11:22 AMReply

    Why did they keep using Sacha Baron Cohen footage from a single scene? Got redundant.

    Otherwise, yes, bad music, but looks veery priitty.

  • Ben | July 14, 2011 11:19 AMReply

    yeah it sounds like a christian rock band, i think they used it in the trailer for the owl movie too. is this the music that children like to hear in their trailers?

  • Benjamin Wright | July 14, 2011 11:17 AMReply

    Everything looks great, but I am going to have to agree this is one sloppily cut trailer. I like how he was able to blend CGI with more practical effects. Yay Scorsese!

  • Edward Davis | July 14, 2011 11:16 AMReply

    The lame song in the 2nd half of the trailer, right?

    I think the opening part works great. Agreed, the 2nd song is... not so hot.

  • brett | July 14, 2011 11:14 AMReply

    The song in the background is, no joke, 30 Seconds to Mars. They have used it before in a couple trailers.

    UGH

  • rotch | July 14, 2011 11:07 AMReply

    Well, I like what I see, but that's one sloppy cut trailer. And the song playing on the background is heinous.

    Still, high hopes for this.

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