Hugo Cabret tells an orphaned boy’s tale of living in the walls of a train station and fixing the many clocks.
The film is set in 1930’s Paris, and the boy, who is clever and capable of fixing almost anything mechanical, finds and repairs a mechanical man, who, as far as I can tell, becomes something of a surrogate father to him. The film is based on a book by Brian (sexy name) Selznick, so if you want the whole thing spoiled, you can find out the story online. I deal in spoiler free previews ONLY, thank you very much.
At the end the boy dies.
Or am I?
The adaptation has some director I’ve never heard of. Martin Scorsese. If anyone has information on this no doubt talentless hack let me know. I just can’t think of a single film he’s ever been involved with.
Okay, so this film will probably be awesome. And it’s odd that Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t in this. Not that there’s any reason to think he would be, as I know NOTHING of the director’s recent history.
The book will be adapted for the screen by John Logan, who wrote Rango, the theatical screenplay for Sweeney Todd, The Aviator, The Last Samurai, and Gladiator.
This film is going to be AWESOME!
Who’s It For?
No rating news yet.
Movie Release Date
December 9, 2011.
Who’s In It?
Chloe Moretz … Isabelle
Ben Kingsley … Papa Georges
Sacha Baron Cohen … Station inspector
Christopher Lee … Monsieur Labisse
Helen McCrory … Mama Jeanne
Asa Butterfield … Hugo Cabret
The book won the Caldecott Medal in 2008, which is the first time the award has been given to a novel, as it is for illustrations. Yes, the book has illustrations, but also words.
Shutter Island, Nim’s Island, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Departed
What’s Good About It?
A Martin Scorsese film written by John Logan. How can this not be awesome?
What’s Bad About It?
I’ve got nothing. This should be really good.
Actually, maybe it will suck as Scorsese isn’t known for kid’s movies.
Our Clever Prediction
I have no doubt the film will be hailed by critics and do at least reasonably well at the box office. I’m not sure it’ll be a massive success, but it is being made in 3D, so the box office numbers should be inflated by the higher prices for a 3D film.