The Monuments Men(2013)
It was the greatest art heist in history.
George Clooney directs, co-writes and stars in this WW2 true story of the dedicated crew of art historians and museum curators who take up arms to recover pieces of art stolen by the Nazis. The all-star cast includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett.... More
It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, these seven museum directors, curators, and art historians were more familiar with Michelangelo than an M-1. But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements.Hide
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BY Adam Fresco Flicks Writer
Take an amazing true story of a mission to save Europe’s great artworks from the Nazis, add a great cast, including the likes of George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman, a decent budget and solid cinematography and you should get a thrilling tale of wartime derring-do. Clooney, who also directs and co-wrote the screenplay, may have been aiming at a sort of Oceans Eight Inglourious Art Basterds, but what he delivers is drab, uninvolving and emotionally flat as a canvas.... More
For a war movie it lacks great battle scenes. For a buddy movie it lacks character. Murray does deadpan Murray; Blanchett does a French accent; Gorgeous George sports a Clark Gable moustache. Also AWOL are the thrilling tension and team focus of great wartime capers, from The Dirty Dozen to Saving Private Ryan. Instead, Clooney’s cast split off for separate mini-missions. The tone too is scattershot, veering awkwardly from slapdash attempts at comedy to “people die, war is hell” moments of melodramatic mush.
As for the script? It’s tell rather than show, with Clooney literally resorting to lecturing us about the value of preserving culture, hammering home his point that art is worth dying for. Shame, because it’s a great premise for a movie or a TV series.
Next time Clooney erects a monument let's hope it's not this limp, because, in trying to do too much, The Monuments Men does too little, collapsing under the weight not of ambition, but mediocrity.Hide
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BY SamanthaLea grader
The acting was beautifully understated and the story line... More was captivating. I cried, I laughed and I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.Hide
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