It’s fascinating that the director of Taxi Driver is the man who put this together. Martin Scorsese once again shows his versatility by tackling Hugo, an adaptation of the popular children’s novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.”
Interestingly, it look like he’s channeling Chris Columbus here with a healthy dose of Lemony Snicket.
Yes, it looks fun and silly, but this trailer makes it look a bit too childish (and features far, far too much of Sacha Baron Cohen falling down and smashing into things Kevin James-style).
It’s not like physical comedy is a bad thing, but they’re definitely introducing the film’s bad guy here as a bumbling Clouseau type whose only trick is landing on his butt. Not that encouraging.
Otherwise, it looks like a cheeky children’s adventure with a focus on fun. Sadly, it also raises the dire question of why an adaptation of “From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” has never seen the light of day. The people demand it!
What do you think?