Director/star George Clooney assembles a gang of over-the-hill old guys to save the day in “The Monuments Men,” a World War II movie without all that war stuff. Well, I think there are some war stuff in there, and a lot of paintings, and caper stuff going on, too. Just don’t go in expecting “Saving Private Ryan Part 2” or anything, though. It definitely looks interesting, one of those “You didn’t know about it until they made the movie about it” type of deals.
Check out two featurettes for the film, opening next month.
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action-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 mankind’s greatest achievements.
Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett.
The monuments men save art this February 7, 2014.