HOLLYWOOD, July 16 (UPI) -- Early reviews say director Martin Scorsese's new 3-D family film "Hugo" has some likable moments.
The Los Angeles Times said Saturday "there are a number of things to like, but nothing to really swoon for" in the newly released trailer for the upcoming Christmas-season film.
"There's always the fear that material like this could dilute or alter what makes a director like Scorsese interesting in the first place, and the trailer doesn't blow those fears away," the newspaper said.
The Times cautioned that the trailer had only been viewed on a computer monitor, which made it difficult to accurately assess the quality of the 3-D special effects. But the effects and all of the other ingredients add up to something that is "touching but a tad familiar."
"Hugo" stars Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz in the story of an orphan living in a train station who must unravel a mystery involving wind-up toys. Sacha Baron Cohen provides the comedic relief as a bumbling railroad inspector.