George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, which is based on the book by Dallas’ Robert Edsel about the Allied soldiers tasked with rescuing Hitler’s stolen art trove, sounds like precisely the kind of movie that normally hits theaters in December primed for Oscar buzz. But back in October, the film’s release was pushed back to 2014. Why? Clooney said it was mostly a matter of trying to get the timing just right, aiming for a blockbuster reception in lieu of a slew of awards nominations, and trying to avoid a crowded December release schedule.
It’s a shame. In November The Monuments Men got about the best accidental promotional assistance it could ever hope for when a massive trove of art looted by the Nazi’s turned up in an apartment in Munich. And now, trailers keep dropping for the film, including this one which was released today. Sure, its just a trailer, but the early buzz has me hooked. The Monuments Men looks like another Oceans film, with generous dabs of The American and The Good German. In other words, precisely the kind of crisp, slow-thrilling, Clooney-driven pop-historical fare that I’ve come to expect each December. Plus, Bill Murray’s in it. Too bad we’ll have to wait a little longer. Whet your appetite: