The Monuments Men-A Movie Review

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Jun 042014
 
The Monuments Men (2014)
The Monuments Men poster Rating: 6.1/10 (107,139 votes)
Director: George Clooney
Writer: George Clooney (screenplay), Grant Heslov (screenplay), Robert M. Edsel (book), Bret Witter (book)
Stars: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett
Runtime: 118 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Drama, War
Released: 07 Feb 2014
Plot: An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

We watched this from Redbox on May 24.

Yet another movie I was really looking forward to seeing, but was disappointed. It wasn’t terrible, but it was like an attempt at a noble documentary. I think it would have been better as a documentary.

As far as the storyline, I had no idea that Hitler amassed such a monumental collection of the world’s masterpieces while conquering Europe. When I initially saw the trailer for the movie, I thought it would be an interesting flick of war intrigue. To my horror, about half way through I kept fiddling with the stop button on my TV wanting to escape.

I cannot put my finger on any one thing as to why this movie doesn’t work. Since George Clooney and Matt Damon star in the film, maybe I was hoping for a WWII version of Oceans 11 where the gang steals back valuable artwork from the bad guys. All the actors are people who’s work I enjoy. These are great actors, but mediocre performances, likely because the screenplay just didn’t give anyone any great scenes. But that could be cause the work itself, while vitally important, just wasn’t that exciting. Continue reading »

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