With its very high profile cast, and Martin Scorsese’s first foray into 3D terrain, the film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, first shortened to Hugo Cabret, now apparently just Hugo (maybe by release time, this Thanksgiving, it will simply be called “H”) is as much an interest to cinephiles as it may be to family audiences. I’ve not read the novel, but it is loosely based on the life and obsessions of trailblazing magician, inventor and filmmaker Georges Méliès (Le Voyage Dans La Lune) as seen through the eyes of a child. We’ll see if it can break out in a crowded Christmas market – I might even break my 3D embargo to see how Scorcese handles/balances the 3D technology, the storytelling, the history and the fantasy.
There is a high profile cast in supporting roles: Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Stuhlbarg, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law and Johnny Depp.
Hugo Cabret is an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station in the early 1900s. When Hugo encounters a broken automaton, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a fantastic adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy.
The new trailer is tucked under the seat.