I heard today that Martin Scorsese is going to direct the movie adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Whoa. Now I will admit that I have never seen a Martin Scorsese movie. His movies aren’t really my thing. If he ever did a romantic comedy, raunchy teen comedy, or a kids movie……oh wait, I guess he’s doing a kids movie now.
I am not sure what to expect out of this movie. When I first read the book, I thought it was amazing! I was mesmerized by the pictures and the whole atmosphere that was created just by holding the book in my hands. It was such a unique experience to sit and read it that I couldn’t stop thinking about it afterward. I told everybody I saw how awesome it was.
Then I listened to the audiobook. It might seem silly to listen to an audiobook so soon after reading the book, but I was intrigued by how they would do it and what kind of sound effects they would use. Well, one thing I realized after listening to the audiobook was…….the story is not that great. Seriously. Also, the whole time I was listening to it, I thought, “man, did they add a bunch of words or something…..this book is so long…….and frankly, somewhat boring.”
I think the ONLY reason why that book is great is the format and the illustrations. If it didn’t have that, I think it would have faded into obscurity. So my big question is, how are they going to make the film special??? Obviously one of the ways is to hire a big time Oscar winning director. I’m hoping that they incorporate a lot of action straight out of the book’s illustrations. Other than that, I don’t know what to expect at all.
So, what do you guys think? Will the movie be awesome? Am I totally wrong about the story? What would you like to see in the movie?