By Katie Holland Contributing Columnist
Well, Feb. 7 is slowly approaching. Of course, I expect everyone knows that this is the premiere of George Clooney’s next picture Monuments Men. Being a Clooney fan requires me to keep up with his film work, and with this film, he ups the ante in order to make what many hope to be a success.
His film is one of his larger projects. I believe the project actually cost the studio like $80 million. I personally can’t even imagine what it entails to make a motion picture with such a large budget. I guess that is why I am not in the motion picture business.
Anyway, this film takes place during World War II and involves the rescue of art. In previous interviews, Clooney has stated that his producing partner Grant Heslov was introduced to the book Monuments Men by Robert Edsel when he just happened upon the book. He read it and introduced it to Clooney as a possible project for their company.
This project has George Clooney’s seal of approval written all of over it. He not only directed it, he co-wrote an adapted screenplay with Heslov, and he costarred in it as Frank Stokes. I personally have enjoyed all of the films he has directed. I can’t say that about all of the films he has acted in, though. In total, he has directed five films, and I am sure I will walk away satisfied with this cinematic experience. Of course, being part of his fan base requires me to be as optimistic as possible about the potential of his work.
The film has a very different tone than a number of his films. For those who follow his work, you might recognize that his movies tend to be cynical, but this film is an attempt to take a different approach, I think. Looking at the cast, which includes Bill Murray, I would think that there is pockets of humor in the film. I know Clooney said in a recent interview that he didn’t want the film to be a civics lesson. By including Murray, who is well known for humor, I am convinced he will probably succeed with turning this into something more than a film about art.
The film also costars Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, and others. It will be interesting to see how well this film is received by the general public, not counting me and the rest of his fan base. I know that he has done lots of interviews lately trying to garner as much interest as possible. Hopefully, all the attention he has been drawing will work. If not, Mr. Clooney, you have at least one ticket sold.
Katie Holland can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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