‘Monuments Men’ Trailer: Clooney & Co. Preserve Culture and Shoot Nazis

Published 1 year ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 3:33 pm,

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Whether you count yourself as an admirer or detractor of George Clooney’s work, there’s no denying that he’s assembled an absolutely incredible cast to his cause with The Monuments Men. In his latest directorial turn, Clooney has wrangled Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett - and also his frequent collaborator, Matt Damon - and cast them all as members of the Museum, Fine Arts, and Archives program formed by Allied forces during World War II. If the above trailer says anything, it’s that the film will at the very least be superbly acted.

Clooney’s plot finds its basis in Robert M. Edsel’s excellent book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, but the teaser hints at a mild Ocean’s 11 influence as well. Here, George Stout (Clooney) sets about collecting a team of individuals at the height of World War II for one purpose: to protect and recover priceless works of art stolen or marked for destruction by the Nazis.

Seems like a minor mission in the grand scope of that conflict, but to paraphrase Clooney’s voiceover from the clip, destroying a peoples’ culture is like to erasing them from history altogether. Maybe The Monuments Men won’t reach the sort of scale seen in films like Saving Private Ryan or Bridge on the River Kwai, but then again, it doesn’t have to; World War II spanned so many years, involved so many nations, and was fought across so many territories that the number of stories born out of its events may be limitless.

So perhaps Clooney has a refreshing new entry in World War II cinema on his hands. The narrow focus suggests a more intimate narrative, one that hasn’t really been seen in this type of movie before, and the ensemble is talented enough to keep nearly any audience entertained for the film’s duration. Who can resist a picture where Jason Bourne, Walter Sobchak, Galadriel, Peter Venkman, and Lord Grantham all team up to fight Nazis and save irreplaceable paintings and sculptures at the same time? That sounds like a great time at the theater, at least on paper.

We’ll all have to wait until this winter to find out if Clooney has done due justice to the real Monuments Men (and women), and to see if he can overcome his technical limitations as a filmmaker. In the meantime, let us know what you think of the trailer, and take a look at the above photo gallery of Monuments Men images to go along with it. Does this look like one of the best films of 2013, or another entry in one of the most well-worn cinematic genres of all time?

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The Monuments Men arrives in theaters on December 18th, 2013.

Source: USA Today

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  1. Looks very good! Terrible trailer music choice, though.

    • That’s the common complaint I’ve heard, and I don’t really disagree. Thankfully, it’s just the trailer, but it’s hard not to question why anyone thought that was a good choice in the first place.

      • To me, it felt like they were trying to replicate the Argo trailer.

  2. Yeah using modern music for period movies is becoming tiresome! Looks ok, felt a little too polished for war movie tho,I like my WW2 films to be gritty and dirty!!

    Great cast tho

  3. The best use of music this year is the wolf of wallstreet trailer by far. This one is at the other end of the spectrum

  4. I blame The Great Gatsby for the musical fook ups!

  5. Clooney got Bill Murray to be in his movie? Bravo… that’s no easy feat these days.

    • lol you said it..

  6. Smug Alert!!!

  7. There is a precedent of sorts for this in the 1964 Burt Lancaster movie The Train. Loosely based on the memoirs of Rose Valland, a member of the French Resistance and a curator at a Paris museum used by the Nazis to store works of art for shipment to the personal collections of Hermann Goering and Hitler.

  8. Looks like a good movie.

  9. It looks great, I like the banter… Clooney and Damon both seem to have found their feet on solid ground with a good script I think.

    As a side note why do I have to site through an ad for Percy Jackson before the trailer when the trailer for Monuments Men itself is an advert after all…? Irratating..

    • Ads must vary by your location; I got a dog food ad.

  10. I cant say that Im not at least a bit interested in this film, however the article got me thinking…in terms of making a movie with iconic characters outside of their natural surroundings…For example introducing the Phil character in Modern Family to Michael Scott….or something of that nature…think This is the End, but with characters instead of celebs playing themselves…

    Just a thought

  11. I’d definitely watch this, although I’ll probably wait and rent it. I just hope they don’t slip TOO much into the banter that this cast can easily do.

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