This past week has seen the release of several buzz-worthy trailers after a slow couple of weeks for movie fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the upcoming film slate. Featuring the second trailer of an Oscar frontrunner and a radical departure for a horror franchise, here’s a list of five trailers making the rounds this past week.
The Monuments Men (Trailer 2)
The second trailer for The Monuments Men has been making the rounds for about two weeks now, and it has been leading to significant if quiet buzz about one of the early frontrunners for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. Directed by George Clooney and starring Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, and John Goodman, The Monuments Men will be released on December 18 and is expected to be one of the holiday’s biggest critical hits.
Based on Robert M. Edsel’s nonfiction book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, Clooney’s The Monuments Men tells the story of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program — an allied group during World War II that was tasked with saving precious pieces of art and other culturally important items before Hitler could destroy them. But as World War II raced toward its conclusion, the members of the group found themselves in a race against time that would see them put their lives on the line to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture.
While The Monuments Men was an early frontrunner for Best Picture before any other Oscars hopefuls had seen a release, Clooney’s World War II historical drama has fallen somewhat to the wayside as 12 Years a Slave and Gravity have dominated Oscars talk in the early goings. Expect that to change as The Monuments Men’s December release date approaches. Clooney has amassed a strong track record as director, with films like The Ides of March and Good Night, and Good Luck, along with his Best Picture win in 2012 for producing Ben Affleck’s Argo.
(Update: The Monuments Men has been pushed back to February 2014 due to delays in special effects. This makes the film ineligible for this year’s Academy Awards.)