The Monuments Men

February 11th, 2014 at 1:36 pm by under The Hampton Roads Show, THRS Movie Reviews

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for The Monuments Men.

Now playing in theaters across Hampton Roads.

monuments_menThe Monuments Men is based on the true story of a group of scholars and professionals pulled together during World War II to save precious works of art from falling to the Nazis.

George Clooney is stars as Frank Stokes — the head of a group tasked by President Franklin Roosevelt for a mission impossible scenario.  Stokes pulls together a group of museum directors, curators and art historians to literally go into the war zones to locate, identify, and rescue some of the most valuable pieces of art in Western civiliation – some call man’s greatest achievements.   They are an unlikely lot and their task seems a bit overwhelming – risking their lives for the sake of art…

Even as the war ends, they are not done.  When they learn that Hitler had ordered the destruction of all of the art should Germany fall.  Between fear of destruction and looting by Soviet thieves looking for reparations, the Monuments Men continue their work.

The film features an all-star cast — George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett.   All do an adequate job in a limited screenplay.  And speaking of the screenplay — Monument’s Men is written by George Clooney & Grant Heslov, which they based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter.

The Monuments Men appears to be a bit of an homage to films of the era, an attempt to tell the story of these men in a film that looks like it was done at the time of these men.  But it never quite does justice to the time.  It’s a bit herky jerky, jumping from one vignette to the other, rolling between drama and humor.
 The Monuments Men as a film is relatively entertaining, but nothing exceptional.  But it’s the story itslef that is worth seeing — the story of some truly brave men and their passion for art, two of whom even died for the love of it.


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