And another one bites the dust. Following “Grace of Monaco”, which gracefully (get it?) bowed out of the Oscar race, and “Foxcatcher”, whose delay crushed Steve Carell’s best Academy Award hopes in… ever, “The Monuments Men” has been rescheduled for a to-be-announced date in early 2014.
Directed, scripted by and starring George Clooney, as well as co-starring Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban (that’s a big cast, ain’t it?), the World War II-set comedy-drama was initially slated to open December 18, being viewed by many as a possible Christmas box-office home-run and yet another mighty Clooney-headlined Academy Award contender.
But alas, it seems it wasn’t meant to be and the “Syriana” star and “Argo” producer will have to sit this one race out. To be completely honest though, the setback can’t come as a shock for anyone who’s checked out the film’s first two trailers, one of which made it look like a feel-good light comedy (set against World War II?!?!) and the other a classical, tear-jerking war drama.
Tough to get the balance right, so ultimately there’s nothing wrong with taking extra time to work off the details, maybe re-shoot a few scenes, do some last-minute editing and then release the end product when the Academy’s guard is off and there aren’t many high-profile movies in cinemas.
Otherwise put, what the Cloonster is trying to do is pull a “Great Gatsby”.