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Trailer for The Monuments Men starring George Clooney and Matt Damon is like a WWII Ocean's 11

Aug. 8, 2013by:

The first trailer for George Clooney's THE MONUMENTS MEN has dropped and it's got a very "OCEANS 11" feel to it, only this time the crew is a bunch of art curators/historians instead of con men and the setting is WWII instead of Vegas. That isn't to say that it's a bad thing. In fact, THE MONUMENTS MEN looks like a hell of a lot of fun, especially with such a terrific cast, which includes Clooney (who is also directing), Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, and Bob Balaban. Not a bad way to kick off your movie. The pic has all the flavor of a WWII thriller, but with the charm and character that usually inhabits a Clooney film.

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Here's the synopsis:

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is a dramatic 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. 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 mankinds greatest achievements. From director George Clooney, the film stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett. The screenplay is by George Clooney & Grant Heslov, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter. Produced by Grant Heslov and George Clooney.

This looks really solid to me. "Based on a true story" doesn't always automatically mean you've got a winner, but in this instance I think it really works conceptually. It has all the trimmings of a historical thriller with the familiar tropes of a "misfit" band of soldiers on a mission. It's SAVING PRIVATE RYAN lite, as this time out they're saving culture instead of a single man.

THE MONUMENTS MEN kicks off their mission on December 18, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: I'm thankful that there's this film instead of another Oceans pic. I think those ran their course, fun as they were.
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3:04AM on 08/09/2013

"WE'VE GOT COMPANY."

Somebody thought that line was good enough to put in the trailer.
Somebody thought that line was good enough to put in the trailer.
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9:29PM on 08/08/2013

OH YEAH! ! ! !

i'm looking forward to finding out more about this one.
i'm looking forward to finding out more about this one.
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8:09PM on 08/08/2013

WTF!?

Bill Murray didn't say one word in the trailer. Show some respect Clooney!
Bill Murray didn't say one word in the trailer. Show some respect Clooney!
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1:42PM on 08/09/2013
He says six words in the trailer.
He says six words in the trailer.
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4:26PM on 08/08/2013

Duddi

Looks promising !!! Let's wait and see if it's god !!!
Looks promising !!! Let's wait and see if it's god !!!
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3:58PM on 08/08/2013

Sounds amazing

looks good, but I suspect the movie is a lot more fun than that trailer made it seem. On the surface, and based off this trailer alone, I prefer the tone of Oceans more.
looks good, but I suspect the movie is a lot more fun than that trailer made it seem. On the surface, and based off this trailer alone, I prefer the tone of Oceans more.
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3:36PM on 08/08/2013

This is the kind of WW2 movie I want to see now.

Inglorious Basterds kinda put the notch at the end of the "ra ra killin' nazis" WW2 movie.
Inglorious Basterds kinda put the notch at the end of the "ra ra killin' nazis" WW2 movie.
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2:42PM on 08/08/2013
You weren't kidding about it resembling Ocean's Eleven. Especially that first conversation between Clooney and Damon seems almost taken verbatim from O11 only set in the 40's.
That being said, Ocean's Eleven is a terrific fucking movie and this looks like a hoot and a half too.
Only the choice of music is a bit awkward, it doesn't fit the footage at all, despite Kiss the Sky being a beautiful song.
You weren't kidding about it resembling Ocean's Eleven. Especially that first conversation between Clooney and Damon seems almost taken verbatim from O11 only set in the 40's.
That being said, Ocean's Eleven is a terrific fucking movie and this looks like a hoot and a half too.
Only the choice of music is a bit awkward, it doesn't fit the footage at all, despite Kiss the Sky being a beautiful song.
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12:43PM on 08/08/2013
Add this to the list with The Counselor, American Hustle, the 2nd Thor Trailer, Bad Grandpa, and Lone Survivor. So many entertaining in the past 2 weeks. I can't wait for the Fall movie season.
Add this to the list with The Counselor, American Hustle, the 2nd Thor Trailer, Bad Grandpa, and Lone Survivor. So many entertaining in the past 2 weeks. I can't wait for the Fall movie season.
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12:26PM on 08/08/2013
Looks great. So far Clooney has been flawless so far with his directorial films and this possibly looks like his best one yet. Trailer was fantastic and the cast is top notch. Can't wait to see this.
Looks great. So far Clooney has been flawless so far with his directorial films and this possibly looks like his best one yet. Trailer was fantastic and the cast is top notch. Can't wait to see this.
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1:02PM on 08/08/2013
You must not remember the shitty football movie Leatherheads.
You must not remember the shitty football movie Leatherheads.
1:21PM on 08/08/2013
No I do. I enjoyed that film very much. My personal favorite of his is still The Ides of March.
No I do. I enjoyed that film very much. My personal favorite of his is still The Ides of March.
12:00PM on 08/08/2013

Fox Has Co*k Blocked The Trailer

So, I have no opinion on it. Except, as usual, Fox sucks!
So, I have no opinion on it. Except, as usual, Fox sucks!
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12:59PM on 08/08/2013
Yay! They updated the link. Looks good. Kinda funky though but I'll be there.
Yay! They updated the link. Looks good. Kinda funky though but I'll be there.
11:29AM on 08/08/2013
That first scene does look like a period re-enactment of a scene from Ocean's 11. Looks much more character-driven than most war movies, and potentially as much of a break from the norm as Inglorious Basterds was, with the benefit of being based on a true story.

For a great documentary not just about the Monuments Men, but the cultural war in general, watch "Rape of Europe."
That first scene does look like a period re-enactment of a scene from Ocean's 11. Looks much more character-driven than most war movies, and potentially as much of a break from the norm as Inglorious Basterds was, with the benefit of being based on a true story.

For a great documentary not just about the Monuments Men, but the cultural war in general, watch "Rape of Europe."
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11:23AM on 08/08/2013
wait, there's only 7 men- why is there "8 unlikely heroes" listed on the motion graphic blurb? Haha.
wait, there's only 7 men- why is there "8 unlikely heroes" listed on the motion graphic blurb? Haha.
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11:13AM on 08/08/2013
Looks good. But is Bill Murray playing a mute?
Looks good. But is Bill Murray playing a mute?
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10:49AM on 08/08/2013
Yep, leave it to Clooney to get a cast of this calibre together. I'm glad it looks entertaining, I guess with a film with basis in history, there's always the danger that it might be too reverential and dour and the audience might switch off. Doesn't seem to be the case here.
Yep, leave it to Clooney to get a cast of this calibre together. I'm glad it looks entertaining, I guess with a film with basis in history, there's always the danger that it might be too reverential and dour and the audience might switch off. Doesn't seem to be the case here.
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10:48AM on 08/08/2013

Looks great

I'm a big fan of unlikely heroes/reluctant heroes stories. This looks like the perfect mixture of the goofball Oceans stuff and some serious, emotionally charged WW2 action.
I'm a big fan of unlikely heroes/reluctant heroes stories. This looks like the perfect mixture of the goofball Oceans stuff and some serious, emotionally charged WW2 action.
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10:41AM on 08/08/2013
Was psyched for this movie even before I remembered Bill Murray was in it.
Was psyched for this movie even before I remembered Bill Murray was in it.
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