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Does This Mean the Nazis are Winning: 'The Monuments Men' Delayed

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | October 24, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | October 24, 2013 |

We shared the first trailer for The Monuments Men a couple of months ago, but a lot of people didn’t get to see it as the video was quickly taken down out of perfectly reasonable fears that people might want to see the movie. Those of us who did get to see it can attest to it looking like quite a good movie, in addition to featuring full frontal nudity from both Matt Damon and George Clooney. The evidence is gone, and so you cannot prove a negative. There are four lights!

Ahem. So I have some good news and some bad news. Here’s the good news, a new trailer, that has the exquisite new feature of actually being online for the moment:

Nifty. I won’t string it along. There’s bad news too. Spoiler alert: it’s in the title of this post.

Originally the film was scheduled for a December 18th release, perfect for holiday fare, in addition to sneaking into Oscar eligibility. But now it has been delayed, for reasons that seem reasonable, involving problems with the special effects in late stages of editing. Says the once and future Mr. Carol Hathaway:

“If any of the effects looked cheesy, the whole movie would look cheesy. We simply don’t have enough people to work enough hours to finish it. All we’ve ever said, from the very beginning, is that we wanted to make a commercial, non-cynical piece of entertainment.”

Hey, a lot of my favorite movies are cynical commercial failures, so watch where you stick that Jimmy Stewart crap Clooney. That said, the movie is being delayed until the first quarter of 2014, which makes me hope that it’s going to be a Valentine’s Day release. Best. Romantic. Comedy. Ever.

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