Now this is my kind of war movie – at least if one goes by the trailer – and with this kind of cast, I suspect you can. Reminiscent of films like The Dirty Dozen or Kelly’s Heroes, these movies about bringing together a mostly all-star cast for a particular mission within the war really appeal to me in a way that more visceral depictions of the war (and by that I mean any war, though for some reason even now World War II seems rife with opportunity for this kind of story) don’t. Perhaps its the similarity, in a way, with “heist” movies, a genre for which I have a particular weak spot.
This time around, for his upcoming flick The Monuments Men, Director George Clooney has assembled a team that includes himself, Bill Murray, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and others to… well, here’s the official plot description:
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.
Honestly, to me this seems like a can’t miss film, but it’ll be interesting, I think, to see how a younger generation, brought up on more bloody, gory, and graphic depictions of war take to something like this. I suppose we’ll have to wait until December, when the movie is scheduled for release, to find out.