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"You're doing 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' and 'Fockers' and I'm directing Oscar-bait and kids films. What the fuck happened to us?"

Repeat after me: You can't judge a movie by its trailer. You can't judge a movie by its trailer. You can't judge a movie by its trailer...

But what if the trailer for Martin Scorsese's 3-D kidpic Hugo makes it look like a cross between Polar Express and Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, with a cameo by Buck Rogers robot Twiki thrown in for good measure?

Everything appears to be shot in the same hazy, achromatic shades of cobalt blue and gray. It looks like Titanic for nine-year-olds. If I'm going to come down hard on mumblecore fledglings for their overuse of close-ups and hand-held cameras, you can rest assured that I'm going to blow a gasket when the God of Cinema is found guilty of carrying a simple stylistic device too far.

Admittedly, it's only two-and-a-half minutes out of what will presumably be a two-hour feature. Who am I kidding? I'll take what He giveth and gladly come back begging for more. At least the elaborate train station set will allow Marty ample opportunity to pay tribute to David Lean's Brief Encounter.


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cinemacurmudgeon July 15, 2011 @ 8:47 a.m.

Seemed pretty generic (dull). John Logan hasn't written anything good (his name is on The Aviator, which I liked, but so were other people). The Sacha Baron Cohen bits looked pretty lame. I guess we'll have to wait and see.


JimHemphill July 15, 2011 @ 1:39 p.m.

Thou shalt not judge a film by its trailer, indeed. Lest we forget, He also has a George Harrison documentary premiering in the fall, so even if HUGO is a disappointment His gifts will still be bountiful.


Scott Marks July 15, 2011 @ 2:07 p.m.

Like you didn't taste the vomit in the back of your throat while watching this.


SurfPuppy619 July 15, 2011 @ 2:50 p.m.

I thought the trailer was BADASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Scott Marks July 15, 2011 @ 9:57 p.m.

If that's the case, "The Smurfs" trailer should make you hemorrhage. ;)


tward77 July 19, 2011 @ 2:36 p.m.

Rest assured, Herr Marks. Hugo ends up being a Christ figure while Sascha Baron Cohen's cop character is actually a drug dealing pimp. Happy Thanksgiving!


Scott Marks July 19, 2011 @ 8:33 p.m.

Well, since you put it that way I'll see it! Do you think it will earn an R rating?


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