First Trailer for George Clooney’s THE MONUMENTS MEN Starring Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, and Cate Blanchett [UPDATED]

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Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for George Clooney’s next directorial effort, The Monuments Men.  Based on a true story, the film centers on an unlikely World War II platoon made up of museum directors, curators, and art historians tasked by FDR with going into Germany and rescuing artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves before they are lost forever.  This is a disappointing trailer not because the film looks bad, but because the trailer feels poorly put together.  The highlight looks like the fish-out-of-water supporting characters played John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Bill Murray.  Unfortunately, the trailer feels like it’s trying way too hard to be hip, and the music playing over the whole thing is an awful choice.  I still can’t wait to see this movie, but I wish the first look at it was better.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, and Hugh BonnevilleThe Monuments Men opens on December 18th. [Update: We've added the teaser poster to the article.]

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Here’s the official synopsis for The Monuments Men:

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.

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  • Brando

    Looks great. Happy to see some good Oscar bait coming this year :)

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  • OhDawg

    It’s not THAT bad. Just the fact that Clooney directed makes me want to see it, but the cast is great and I’ll basically watch anything with Cate Blanchett in it.

  • thedudeabides

    For once I agree with Goldberg. The music is trying waaay too hard to aim towards younger crowds. I was expecting more from this, especially with Clooney directing and that cast. Also, thought the cinematography would be darker considering its a WWII picture.

    • joeybot

      I actually like that. The dark and gritty look for these war movies is great but this just looks like old school Hollywood.

    • A-man

      The trailer was not directed by Clooney, only the footage contained therein. Though I’m sure you do actually know that, you must be pretending to forget that trailers exist solely to sell the film to the widest possible audience, regardless of the actual content or style of the picture. However sometimes it can have the adverse effect of stopping actual cinephiles from seeing engaging and well-put-together pictures.

      Secondly. WWII existed in our world. Our world has colour. Let us stop giving Hollywood the impression we need overwhelming “darkness” in our colour palettes, or we won’t understand the gravity of themes and historical fact presented.

      • thedudeabides

        No, of course I know Clooney didn’t direct the trailer and that trailers are meant to sell the film. However, there is a way to sell a film without misleading the audience and getting ‘asses in seats’

        And about the cinematography. I don’t know about you, but most films I see nowadays that are a period piece tend to have this glowing effect done in post-production rather than lighting it properly on set. I thought in comparison to the photography done in other WWII films like The Pianist or even Inglorious Basterds this looked a bit tame. Maybe I’m wrong, let’s see the final product.

  • Fiz

    What I enjoyed was the three separate ad videos that began playing all over this page before I could start watching the trailer. It got even better when one of them–which I had muted–started in again with full sound as the trailer started playing. Maybe Goldberg should be giving us his thoughts on the videos that are actually being featured on this page.

    • ACallCreative

      I had another window of this site open and it did the exact same thing. Some poppy music started playing, and I thought it was part of the movie, so I scoffed in disbelief. Ads are everywhere on this site….it’s a shame.

      • Fiz

        I don’t mind ads in general–that’s how these sites stay afloat–but the type of intrusive advertising this site chooses (formerly the bottom advertising bar that interfered with browsing, now these videos that can’t be stopped) is a huge pain for the consumer and detracts from the experience in a big way.

      • ACallCreative

        That one gets me, and also the one that pops up mid-load when you’re making your way from the homepage to an article page. That one is extremely annoying.

  • Nathaniel Haywood

    I didn’t think the trailer was horrible, although I agree about the music. I definitely still want to see it. Hopefully the next trailer will be better.

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  • Jamesy

    Clicked on this just to watch the trailer, scrolled up and seen “trying way to hard to be hip” instantly knew it was Goldberg. STOP with the remarks, and what’s with all the ads nowadays? Can’t we just have movie news without it being like Youtube waiting to skip an ad to get to the content you’re actually here for.

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  • fechu1922

    i love the music in this trailer… set’s a different tone for the movie and not that classic epic world war 2 everybody is used to.

    • Julio Navas

      How old are you? 16?

      • joeybot

        Oh noes, he liked the music, what a dumb kid, he liked something different.

        How old are YOU, 50?

      • Julio Navas

        There is music for differente ages idiot. And that song used in the trailer totally ruins the tone.

      • klamar

        That’s your opinion, douche. Maybe other people liked it.

      • Julio Navas

        i´m not saying that song sucks… dumbass. I´m saying it doesn´t fit for this movie.

      • Dickdouche Jones

        You haven’t seen the movie, you’ve only seen the trailer.

        I thought it fit quite well for an introductory look at the film, and as a tool to sell it to the widest possible mainstream audience. Trailers are the bread and butter of business in Hollywood, why are we all forgetting that?

        It’s the reason people go batshit crazy for the newest Wolverine film – only to have all that good hope dashed upon the rocks when they actually see the movie. Trailers – showing you the best bits of shitty movies since forever, and failing to advertise great movies appropriately since forever.

    • brandon

      The song is awesome, Shawn Lee – Kiss The Sky . It’s been around for quite a while and its great to see it start getting some recognition.

    • brandon

      The song is awesome, Shawn Lee – Kiss The Sky . It’s been around for quite a while and its great to see it start getting some recognition.

  • Jt Terwilliger

    I totally agree with you. Horrible music in the background.

  • GuyX

    Very “Oceans 11″. Pretty sure Clooney’s speech to Damon at the bar about putting together a team is almost the same as his speech to Brad Pitt in the first Ocean film. It looks awesome but What’s with the lack of Murray? Did he deliver a single line in that trailer?

  • noah

    Oceans 15

  • joeybot

    Disagree about the trailer nitpicks, this looks great. It’s a trailer, they’re designed to get people in, who cares…the music won’t be in the movie.

  • thisguy

    looks fantastic. maybe that’s cause i’m a sucker for Clooney and Damon… and Murray… and Goodman… and Blanchett… Definitely crafted by Clooney especially to be Oscar material, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing

  • Lance

    “This video does not exist.”

    Was an unofficial, rough cut of the trailer, maybe?

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  • MCP

    Looks like it could be some fun. Though I do agree, music isn’t fitting for the period/era, but kinda fits with the tone of the movie…

  • Zoidbert

    I look forward to seeing it. The music for the trailer makes no sense.

  • Zarles

    Matt, sometimes I genuinely wonder what you are looking at.

  • macs well

    This trailer needs more Bill Murray

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  • Faptain America

    The song was the best thing about this booooooooooring-looking movie.

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