The first trailer has arrived for George Clooney’s WWII film The Monuments Men. Based on the book by Robert M. Edsel, The Monuments Men features George Clooney and Matt Damon as two members of a team consisting of museum directors and art historians who are tasked to cross enemy lines to retrieve art masterpieces stolen by the Nazis. The film has a solid supporting cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, and Hugh Bonneville. Check out the trailer below.
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men focuses 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.
I didn’t expect this to look as light as it does. Clooney‘s last directorial effort, the underrated The Ides of March, was an impressive and fairly dark drama. It looks like Clooney is approaching this particular film with a more Ocean’s Eleven approach. This is certainly not a bad thing because it looks like it’s going to be an entertaining retelling of a not-so-well-known mission. The Monuments Men will be released into theaters on December 18th. Do you think this is bound for Oscar glory?