Friday, February 7, 2014

The Monuments Men

George Clooney rounds up a team of experts to do a job.  Sound familiar?  No, these aren't thieves looking to knock over a casino, and this isn't part of the Ocean's franchise.  This time it's art experts looking to save and reclaim all the art that the Nazis confiscated during World War II.  It's an incredible story that I can't believe hasn't been told in big budget form before.  And they certainly got an A-list cast to do it, including Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Bob Balaban, Jean Dujardin, and Hugh Bonneville.

Originally set to be released late last year, this film was postponed for unknown reasons to February, thereby missing out on possible awards consideration.  Many speculated this was an indication it wasn't very good.  Well, despite what other critics are saying, I'm going to say it is good.  It just isn't great.  It never leaps off the screen, or reaches any particularly memorable moments, which is surprising considering the cast.  This is no 'Saving Private Ryan' or 'Inglorious Basterds' to be sure.  It lacks the action, tension, and quirky comedy.  But it's an interesting and relatively unknown story from World War II that is enjoyable to watch.  It's not a must see in theaters, but certainly worth checking out once it's viewable at home.

Grade: B

Who is this movie for?  History buffs, art enthusiasts, and fans of the cast.  It's not for those looking for fast paced action or comedy.

1 comment:

  1. Check out the documentary The Rape of Europa for more on this subject. There is also a movie in my queue from 1964 starring Burt Lancaster called The Train.