THE MONUMENTS MEN
The Monuments Men is the true story about a team of artists who were commission by the U.S. Government during World War II to find and return the world's most important and historical works of art that were stolen by the Nazis.
The one thing I loved above and beyond all else in this movie was the story. The story is completely unique to any other war films that I've seen. I can't imagine how devastating it would have been to the art community and the world culture had these men not put their lives on the line to recover the stolen masterpieces.
This film also features an amazing cast with George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and John Goodman. You would think this film would be a guaranteed home run with such a power house cast, but unfortunately the characters weren't developed enough and it was difficult to empathize with them during scenes that should have been more powerful. The characters were introduced in an Ocean's 11 style with a very quick montage of each person being recruited by George Clooney to report for duty. The style clashed with the content and it felt like the movie was going to be a comedy, but turned out to be a melodrama.
If you're planning on seeing this film and you're expecting action, take note --- this movie is slow... very slow. It was hardly compelling in any way other than the art that was at stake. Which in an among itself was enough to drive the story. There were scenes where I wanted to jump out of my chair and scream as the Nazi's burned famous paintings with flamethrowers. So the subject matter was powerful enough for me to be glad that I saw the movie just to know the story. On the other hand, the emotion didn't quite reach the intended mark and I think this story could have sufficed for a special on the History Channel. Regardless, if you have a good appreciation for art and history, you'll be glad you saw this film.
My Grade: B
Mr. Movies - Wes Horner
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