‘The Monuments Men’ Trailer: WWII Drama and Old Men Behaving Badly

Monuments Men

We just got our first look at a still from George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, but that hasn’t stopped the powers that be from releasing a new trailer immediately afterward. This one is a bit of a mixed bag. The pairing of Clooney and Matt Damon will always bring about one thing: that Ocean’s Eleven sense of suave. You see these two together, you know you’re about to see a film about cool guys who look good and pull off daring deeds. Stir this into the “stealing art to save art” story, add the little hint of WWII intrigue we get at the trailer’s end, and you’ve basically got Ocean’s for the greatest generation (even though the original Ocean’s Eleven already qualifies).

The ragtag team of misfits introduced in this trailer really cements this idea. On the one hand, seeing a bunch of bumbling old men stumble through armed combat sounds terrific; especially so when those aging bumblers are played by the likes of John Goodman, Bill Murray, and Bob Balaban.

But honestly, the whole idea seems a little played out. I’ve seen both Ocean’s Eleven and Saving Private Ryan. What exactly will The Monuments Men offer that couldn’t be accomplished by haphazardly cutting those two films together? A trailer should make you want to see the film in question, but this one just makes me wonder if the awkward music choice and fluctuating tone are more a product of the trailer or the finished film. Check out the first trailer below.

The Monuments Men releases on December 18th, and stars Clooney, Damon, Goodman, Murray and Balaban, as well as Cate Blanchett and Jean Dujardin.