The Monuments Men

2014 April 2014 At the movies Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall  from the April 2014 Edition

Director: George Clooney

Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin,

”An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners”.

This is a true story based on the book by Robert M. Edsel. This movie was beautifully shot and stars a cast of major stars who frankly labored with the script.

All of the technical aspects were really well done. Because it is a true story I found it somewhat interesting. The depths to which the Nazis were willing to go in raping the world of ethnic cultures and art masterpieces that were centuries old is an incredible story. Unfortunately, the attempts to give this movie any serious drama are lost in disjointed events that don’t flow well or make sense amidst attempts at quirky humor for this particular platoon.

This only stands to make it somewhat sentimental and tortuously awkward and out of place. It’s still worth seeing, but I am left wanting to find the book so that I can actually get a sense of the depth of these events and understand what really happened in detail. This movie left me with questions.

IMDB rates the movie at 6.3/10 from about 20,000 viewers. I would dial it down to a 6.

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