New trailer for George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' underlines the 'art is important' message
George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" will be among the last of the season's potential Oscar candidates to reveal itself -- skipping the festival circuit, the film will open in the US on the prime holiday-season date of December 18. And while we have little else to go on right now, the project certainly doesn't lack for kerb appeal: a high-gloss Second World War adventure with an all-star cast including Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban.
Clooney, it seems, can do no wrong with Oscar voters at the moment: at eight-time nominee across six categories, he nabbed his second Oscar in February as the producer of Best Picture champ "Argo," joining the likes of Michael Douglas and Emma Thompson on the elite list of actors to have won for their work before and behind the camera. And his last directorial effort, "The Ides of March," earned him a writing nomination despite wilting elsewhere in the race: They like him, in case the point had escaped you.
Still, the marketers behind "The Monuments Men" aren't merely counting on Clooney Power to sell the film as a major contender. This second trailer for the true-life tale of wartime derring-do, centered on a specialist military crew of art experts who team up to rescue an array of stolen classic works from the clutches of the Nazis, goes all in on the virtuous "art is important" message -- one that'll surely resonate with Academy types. (Hey, they've gone three years without a WWII film in the Best Picture mix. How long can they hold out?)
Where the film's first trailer, unveiled in August, underlined the film's more comic aspects -- lending it the appearance of "Ocean's Eleven" in jackboots -- the new one is heavy on the stirring drama and ennobling music. I thought the first one was rather more fun, but they clearly mean serious business. Will the film deliver on its promise? Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think.
2011 | Drama | RSummary: A queasy, weird tale of two guys who dream of surviving the apocalypse who are tested when they encounter something their homemade car and flamethrowers can't handle: love.Director: Evan Glodell
Cast: Evan Glodell, Tyler Dawson, Jessie Wiseman
2001 | Adventure | NRSummary: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and a host of DC’s greatest heroes band together to uphold justice (and, OK, have awesome adventures) in this animated series.Director: n/a
Cast: Carl Lumbly, George Newbern, Phil LaMarr
1995 | Comedy | RSummary: Brutally, bitterly funny, this is the story of 12-year-old Dawn Wiener, often called "Wienerdog,” whose total misfit status attracts the attention of a young bully. No other movie will make you so happy to be away from junior high school.Director: Todd Solondz
Cast: Heather Matarazzo, Christina Brucato, Victoria Davis
1982 | Fantasy | GSummary: Animated fantasy about a brave unicorn who, fearful that she’s the last of her kind, goes in search of the other unicorns, which were spirited away to the ends of the Earth.Director: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury
2015 | Comedy | NRSummary: Comedian Chris Tucker performs live.Director: Phil Joanou
Cast: Chris Tucker
2014 | Documentary | RSummary: Roger Ebert's life and terminal illness are profiled in this in-depth documentary that goes well beyond the bounds of Ebert's career as a film critic.Director: Steve James
Cast: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel
1955 | Thriller | NRSummary: Pitch-black suspense story in which two women conspire to kill the man who troubles them both, but afterward find themselves haunted by their actions, and perhaps his ghost.Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Cast: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse
1974 | Thriller | PGSummary: Gene Hackman delivers a masterful performance as a surveillance specialist who begins to realize that his latest job may not be as morally sound as he'd like it to be.Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield
1970 | War | PGSummary: George C. Scott is appropriately commanding as General George Patton in this history which charts Patton’s military successes and his flamboyant, sometimes overbearing personality.Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Cast: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young
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