Martin Scorsese's Hugo made a splash at the 2011 New York Film Festival, where a surprise screening of an unfinished cut of the legendary filmmaker's first foray into 3D family-friendly entertainment went over well with those in attendance.
A second U.S. trailer for Hugo has been released - and it plays up the film's mystery/drama plot elements, while also emphasizing its (seemingly) magical atmosphere and clever use of the 3D technology.
Hugo is based on Brian Selznick's decorated best-seller, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," and is one of two upcoming late 2011 releases that involves a young boy setting out on an adventure - after his late father leaves behind a mysterious key. That other film in question is a fellow popular literature adaptation: director Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
However, whereas the latter is essentially a tear-jerking melodrama, Hugo was fashioned as more of an enchanting and creative tale - one that also takes advantage of its lovely period setting (a 1930s-era Parisian train station) in order to create some ingenious 3D set pieces and visuals.
See what we mean by watching the second domestic trailer for Hugo below:
Scorsese has long encountered virtually no difficulty in assembling great casts for his films - and Hugo is no exception. Besides Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) as the eponymous character and Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) as the young girl who befriends him, Hugo also features well-known stars like Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, and Sacha Baron Cohen - along with Emily Mortimer (Cars 2), Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire), and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) and others, in supporting roles.
It seems as though Scorsese worked with a relatively limited color palate here, seeing how the Hugo footage unveiled so far features (appropriately) shiny visuals full of metallic clock gears, old-fashioned trains, mysterious mechanized men, and the wintery French cityscape. That seems an appropriate artistic choice for the story - which does revolve around a young boy struggling to handle a dark and difficult time in his life - and the aforementioned imagery is said to look all the more impressive when viewed in 3D up on the big screen.
Tentative consensus? Scorsese may be covering new narrative ground here - seeing how family-friendly movies are not exactly what he's known for - but it looks like Hugo should be another winning addition to his admired filmography.
Hugo arrives in 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on November 23rd, 2011.
Source: iTunes Movie Trailers