New Trailer for George Clooney’s ‘The Monuments Men’

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s officially Oscar season, and, as usual, it looks like George Clooney is going to have a starring role at the awards. Not only does Clooney co-star in Gravity, which opened last week and seems destined for a Best Picture nomination, but he is also making a late entry into the Oscar race as the star, co-writer, and director of The Monuments Men.

The first trailer for The Monuments Men, which follows a special military group tasked with retrieving stolen artwork during World War II,  came out a couple of months ago and positioned the movie as a sort-of WWII version of Ocean’s Eleven, emphasizing its adventure and humor.

The newest trailer for the movie shifts gears a little bit, showing the more serious side of the film and it’s underlying message: that the mission was about more than protecting art, but preserving our very culture.

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In addition to trading well-timed quips for more emotionally resonant scenes, the trailer also introduces more of the characters and their specific expertise. We learn that Bill Murray is an architect, John Goodman is a sculptor, and Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin is a director of design from a fine arts college.

The trailer also prominently features Cate Blanchett, who plays Rose Valland, a French art historian and leader of the French Resistance who helped the platoon trace the stolen artwork.

The movie is based on the book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter, and has all of the pieces to make it an Oscar contender. Like last year’s Best Picture winner Argo, it’s based on a stranger-than-fiction true story. It boasts a strong ensemble cast anchored by several award winners and nominees. Last but not least, it’s about the importance of art (and there’s nothing Hollywood likes more than celebrating – or at least paying lip service to – artists).

What do you think of this new trailer? Do you think that Monuments Men will have a chance at the 2013 Oscars?


The Monuments Men will hit theaters at the tail end of award season on December 18, 2013.

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  1. this looks awesome-

    will always love me a well made world war movie no matter how many there are-
    and this story seems really interesting.

  2. A little different than what I would usually watch, but I just might give this one a look-see on Netflix; looks like it might not be bad at all!

  3. Best cast?

  4. Looks very good ill definitely see it

  5. I have previously said that I don’t like the Oscars however you cant deny the quality of films that get made in preparation for them.

    This looks like a fantastic movie, great cast, great plot, there’s some amazing comedic actors in there as well so I don’t think it’s going to be as heavy as this trailer makes it look (as was mentioned in the article the first trailer is a lot more light hearted)

  6. Inception theme music anyone?

    • I didn’t get that, I watched it again just to make sure? maybe my hearings off!

    • Exactly! That kind of ruined the trailer for me even though I love that music. It’s too recent a movie, and too popular a score, to steal the music from for trailers. We know it’s from Inception. This is almost as bad as if you were to make a trailer for a new movie about witches and you used the harry potter theme. Inception’s score probably isn’t as well known but it’s close.

      • Are you referring to the music near the end? It definitely is “Time” off the inception score but I’ve never heard it in a trailer before. Also, thought it fit nicely…didn’t take anything away from the trailer in my opinion.

        • It’s not Time from Inception, but it is definitely meant to sound like it.

          • Every time I shazam it, it says it’s the theme from Almost Human on Fox… Not so sure about that, though. Dying to figure this out!

          • FOUND IT. I can go to bed now.

  7. Ugghh…. A self congratulatory “Artists Save the Allies” movie. I am sure this will be put up for an Oscar because, hey, Hollywood loves “save the arts” movies. I can feel the smug oozing off this film. PASS!!

  8. Looks like a great film, definitely has a good chance of getting some Oscar nominations.