The obvious downside of The Monuments Men – a true-story WWII adventure co-written, directed by and starring George Clooney – being postponed from its original launch date this month (to allow more time for post-production to be completed) is we have to wait longer to see the film.
On the other hand, the 2013 Winter Holiday frame is packed with big movies as is, and with four major releases opening afresh on Christmas Day there wouldn’t have been a whole lot of breathing room for Clooney’s historical drama to find its audience. Plus, everyone will be better able to appreciate what looks to be a smart, funny and well-crafted piece of entertainment during the bleaker days of early February (with The LEGO Movie providing what may be quality counter-programming during opening weekend for Clooney’s film).
Sony has unveiled a new trailer for Monuments Men, which is a fun riff on the newsreels of the 1940s, with footage taken from previous clips and theatrical previews; at the end, there’s even a working phone number and website link, for those who’re interested in checking out the film’s viral marketing. Admittedly, the one thing that could’ve made the latest trailer better is if the voiceover narrator has spoken more in the style of early 20th-century newsreel presenters (see: the newsreel recaps at the beginning of each episode of The Legend of Korra).
Here is an official description for Clooney and co-writer Grant Heslov’s The Monuments Men script (based on the non-fiction book written by Robert M. Edsel):
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.
The film’s trailers have varied in tone so far, painting Clooney’s project as everything from an Ocean’s Eleven style comedic romp through the second World War to a more intense drama/thriller, with a healthy amount of intrigue and story elements that allow for pontification on attitudes towards culture and art in the present-day. Chances are, Monuments Men is a hybrid of those two genre movies, which could make it a nice middle-ground between the brainless features hitting theaters and awards season contenders going into expanded release in early 2014.
Clooney’s fellow onscreen Monuments Men (and Woman) include Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and Hugh Bonneville.
The Monuments Men opens in theaters on February 7th, 2014.