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Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' not just a kids' movie [Trailer]

October 26, 2011 |  3:06 pm

Asa Butterfield and Chloë Grace Moretz in 'Hugo'


This post has been corrected. Please see note at the bottom for details.

A new trailer hit the Web Wednesday for “Hugo,” Martin Scorsese’s first family-oriented movie and his first venture into 3-D filmmaking. 

“Hugo” is based on the Caldecott Medal-winning novel "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick about an orphan boy who lives in a Paris train station in the 1930s.

Compared with the trailer released in July, the new one seems to be out to prove that this isn’t just a kids’ movie. The earlier trailer featured a lot of Hugo (Asa Butterfield) leading a playful chase around the train station to escape a clumsy station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen). The new trailer features more Ben Kingsley, who plays a character inspired by pioneering filmmaker George Méliès, and takes a more serious tone with the same music used in “The Fighter” and “The Adjustment Bureau” previews. (The piece is “Breath and Life,” by trailer music company Audiomachine.)

“Hugo” has been touted as revolutionary for its un-gimmicky use of 3-D. Getting its first test of those high expectations, an unfinished version of the film had a surprise screening at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 10.

Wider audiences will have to wait to judge the 3-D for themselves, but they will get to see a 2-D version of the trailer on the big screen when it starts screening in theaters in front of "Like Crazy" on Friday.

“Hugo” also stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Jude Law, Christopher Lee and Emily Mortimer. The film hits theaters Nov. 23.

[For the Record, Oct. 27, 12:15 p.m.: An early version of this post misidentified the author of "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" as Ben Selznik.]


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Photo: Asa Butterfield, left, and Chloë Grace Moretz in "Hugo." Credit: Paramount Pictures