As anyone who has read this blog for a long time knows, I have been highly anticipating the new film from Martin Scorcese, Hugo (formerly The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which to me is a much better title). I have repeatedly stated that this film has the best cast of the year (outside of Harry Potter) and the fact that pioneer of film special effects, Georges Melies, is involved in the plot only added to my anticipation. Now a trailer for Hugo has been released.
This trailer shows of everything that I like about movies, brilliant acting, incredible production design and an interesting plot. Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz have to carry the film themselves and, since they have already proven themselves capable of carrying films (in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Kick-Ass respectively) I have high hopes that they will continue the solid acting seen in the trailer, plus there is a fantastic chemistry between Butterfield and Moretz and it looks like they will be able to carry of the emotions needed for this type of film. In particular, Moretz’ British accent is very believable and you would be forgiven for thinking that Moretz is actually British, in fact even Martin Scorcese thought that Moretz was British after the first audition. The acting from Sacha Baron Cohen looks great as well, the slapstick style that his character will employ, as well as his facial expressions, give off a strong Charlie Chaplin vibe and, seeing as how silent films supposedly play a part in the plot, that wasn’t an accident. I’ll mainly be talking about SIR Ben Kingsley and Jude Law when I get into the plot from the trailer.
Secondly, the design of the train station is fantastic giving off an otherworldly presence as well as the vibe of an actual train station due to the vast number of extras that are in the station making it feel lifelike while adds to the experience of the film. The large scale of the station feels suitably epic for this type of film and all of the scenery in the places people normally don’t go in train stations (the clock and the pipes) also help with this large scale.
Then the plot of the film comes into play, the intrigue surrounding Jude Law and SIR Ben Kingsley’s characters give the film an appropriate sense of mystery. The mystery behind Kingsley’s character, Georges Melies, is expanded upon due to Kingsley being in the trailer for about 10 seconds which I like as it makes the audience want to know more about his character, which you will only find out if you see the film.
The music for the film (Kings and Queens by 30 Seconds to Mars) provides an appropriately epic scope to the film while still highlighting the family friendly nature of the film, after Legend of the Guardians and now Hugo, this song has become the go to song to place over a trailer for a family adventure film with brilliant visuals.
All in all, the trailer has heightened my expectations for the film and I cannot wait until Hugo comes out on December 8th.