Maybe Martin Scorsese is mellowing in his old age and therefore is starting a new family-friendly career path in film, but we fans who are always anticipating his next project had to take a step back from this one.
Hugo Cabret, the film in question, stars youngster Asa Butterfield who plays the title character, a orphan boy who lives in the walls of a Paris train station. Cabret has a deep dark secret which is exposed when the daughter of a toy store owner becomes curious of the mysterious loner.
What that secret is we will have to wait to learn until more information is given as the release date approaches, but it doesn’t take much of an I.Q. to deduce it is probably something magical. If you have read the Brian Selznick book that the film is based on, you will probably know the secret already. With the popularity of the Harry Potter films, the penchant for most kid’s films to include the supernatural, and the fact the film will be shown in 3D (and therefore must have something spectacular to watch on the screen), it’s not too much of a stretch to assume magic is involved in some way. Our guess is that the mechanical toy Hugo is hiding is magically turned into a real boy a la Pinocchio.
But who really cares about the secrets of this film anyway when one has grown accustomed to seeing films with gritty drama, violence, crime, and superb adult story lines from this iconic. Goodfellas, , The Departed and Hugo Cabret, which one of these is not like the other?
It’s been thirty years since a film about a kid in a train station has hit the big screens, (On The Right Track, starring Gary Coleman), and it bombed. If Hugo Cabret suffers the same fate, perhaps Scorsese will return to the type of films he built his stellar reputation on and we atwon’t be mentioning a kid’s film on the pages of this magazine again. The film hits screens in November.