Some people will do anything to get their name on a list. Just ask George Clooney. The very first trailer for WWII true story The Monuments Men, which Clooney directed, co-wrote and stars in, showed a happy go-lucky, Ocean’s Eleven spliced with The Dirty Dozen and filled with Bill Murray jokes. But now we’re getting close to awards season, and Mr Clooney would really like his name in some envelopes. So for the new trailer, it’s time to blitzkrieg the jokes, cue up the dramatic Hans Zimmer-like music and start fishing for them serious nominations, yo!
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, “The Monuments Men” is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.
With Gravity a shoe-in for at least a Best Picture nomination, I’m pretty sure that Clooney will be involved in Oscar night is some form or another. Whether The Monuments Men also makes it on to the ballot or not, is far too early to say. But even if it’s not Oscar material, it still looks like it could be a damn good time at the movies. The story is intriguing, the cast assembled is outstanding, and based on these past two trailers combined, the film appears to be giving them the opportunity to show the full extent of their craft. Also, Bill Murray is awesome and I’ll watch anything with him in it.
The Monuments Men is heading behind enemy lines on December 18, 2013.
Last Updated: October 14, 2013