Dare I say instant classic?
I know, I know. Sometimes I get a little carried away. I get a little swept up in the moment. It’s a bad habit. But the evidence here just might support my case. With The Monuments Men, director, writer, and star George Clooney decided to focus on a less glamorous aspect of World War II: the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program enacted by the Allied Powers. It’s likely a story that left studio heads shrugging and asking, “But where are the battles?” (See Clooney’s epic rant from earlier in this week). In more ways than one, this seems like an updated take on John Frankenheimer’s 1964 The Train, starring Burt Lancaster.
Clooney has brought together a top-rate cast that includes himself, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, and Jean Dujardin. Lest we forget, he has a pretty good track record behind the camera: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night and Good Luck were near masterpieces and Leatherheads and The Ideas of March both were solid.
And the trailer has me sold. The Monuments Men looks downright awesome and appears to be a really fun movie, which is not usually something that can be said about a movie set in WWII.
The film hits theaters on December 18, 2013. Check out the trailer below!