It must be great to be George Clooney.
Not only does he get to live a glamorous personal life, he has put himself in a position artistically to produce and tell the most interesting stories. And he gets to do it with an independent film sensibility, while working with a blockbuster film cast and production value.
So pretty much a life of awesome.
Hot on the heels of his Academy Award win for Best Picture for the film ARGO. George Clooney’s Award Season submission for this year is the film The MONUMENTS MEN. The impressive cast features Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett and Academy Award winning actor Jean Dujardin.
The story chronicles the efforts of a small group of military personal tasked to protect art pieces from Nazis who are bent on destroying the art in an effort to take away the historical culture of what the art represents.
A noble task if ever there was one.
Obviously, this film is earmarked for some big awards season consideration. With its crowd pleasing subject matter, and affable cast it would be hard for the film to miss. The only drawback, if you can really call it a drawback, is probably George Clooney’s directorial style. He tends to direct his films in a breezy, witty, bare bones, non-sentimental way. The trailer has an obvious Steven Soderbergh/Ocean’s 11 influence and vibe. Which usually doesn’t translate well to the crusty, older, awards season crowd. But maybe it’s time to change all that. I can’t think of many more actors more liked by the Hollywood community than George Clooney. Maybe it’s time for Clooney to earn award season kudos as director now. To add to his trophy case as an Academy Award winning actor and producer.
Like I said, must be great to be George Clooney.
The Monuments Men stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Cate Blanchett, Bob Balaban and John Goodman. The film is written by George Clooney and Grant Heslov. The Monuments Men is directed by George Clooney. It is scheduled for release December 18, 2013.
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.