The cast of George Clooney’s The Monuments Men has been everywhere lately, promoting a film
that will need all their high-profile popularity to lure viewers. Critics
have rejected it; the film is very rotten on Rotten Tomatoes. I found the World War
II adventure about recovered art strangely flat, full of potted lectures from Clooney
about culture. (You can read my review here.) The movie is so disappointing
because the story is so rich, and the cast amazing, as they show in their joint
appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, and Bob Balaban were all fun
when they joined Clooney, but o one came close to Bill Murray’s droll humor.
Here, he and Kimmel talk about how they mistakenly, regretfully, came to co-star
Matt Damon came along later — after many cuts that showed
him left alone in the green room — continuing his fake feud with Kimmel.
Somehow, this running joke hasn’t become tiresome yet (close, but not quite). I
wish I could say the film were as entertaining as the media tour.