What do you get when George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray team up with John Goodman and Jean Dujardin? Apparently you get the World War II film Monuments Men, which is currently shooting over Germany. Clooney is directing the picture and he’s pieced together one of the most talented casts we’ve seen assembled in quite some time.
Monuments Men has so much weight behind it that it’s already looking like an early Oscar favorite despite the fact shooting hasn’t even wrapped yet. But given the talent involved as well as the subject matter of what seems to be fun story, it’s no surprise that we’re hearing Oscar talk this early on in the process.
I mean, Clooney’s been Oscar gold since he got behind the camera and started making executive decisions on films like Good Night and Good Luck as well as the statue he took home as a producer on last year’s Best Picture winner Argo. But the highlight of Monuments Men seems to be the cast that is going to make all other films this year blush.
The story follows a group of World War II soldiers personally contracted by President Roosevelt to recover artistic masterpieces currently being held by the Nazi’s.
So just for an Oscar rundown:
- Big name director — check
- Star studded cast of talent — check
- Period piece — check
- Nazi’s as bad guys in what could be a comedic drama – check
- A film that’s bound to be well over two hours long –check
- A film that’s based around saving art — check
All kidding aside, if you were excited about The Expendables, you have got a great thing coming with this cast which is essentially The Expendables with talent and the clout to win an Oscar. Even at the end of the day it turns out this is a film the Academy overlooks, Monuments Men looks like it’s going to be great fun and you can’t go wrong with a cast like the one it’s currently boasting.