‘The Monuments Men’ Trailer: George Clooney’s Platoon Fights for Culture During WWII

By  · Published on October 11th, 2013

The full trailer for George Clooney’s The Monuments Men has dropped, and it’s tonally much different than the teaser released back in August. The film, about a ragtag platoon of (aging) art experts tasked with stealing back art from the Nazis during WWII, was presented in the teaser as more of a tongue-in-cheek look at bumbling older men trying to make in through their mission and complete this important task. In the full trailer, the tone has changed (or improved, depending how you look at it) and this film is now a tense thriller where the art must be rescued by these important men at all costs.

Gone are the scenes of flustered old men barely making it through basic training (okay, there’s one still in there), replaced with gunfire, crumpled buildings and paintings being thrown on a bonfire as Clooney makes an impassioned speech about art being the cause for fighting…”for culture, for a way of life.” I suddenly really, really care about art now.

A lot of the tonal shift has to do with the new music selection – backing anything with that tense score makes even the most innocuous dialogue sound like classified information. Now, will the actual film match the teaser or the trailer? Check out the new trailer here:

The Monuments Men is in theaters December 18th.

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