Friday, February 7, 2014

The Monuments Men (2014): Review

Tonight for Friday night movie night I went and saw the new George Clooney and Matt Damon movie The Monuments Men and it was interesting, somewhat entertaining and a pretty good drama with a hint of humor.  The main positives of this movie is the charisma of the actors as they were enjoyable to watch but the movie struggled with its overall flow.
The Monuments Men is a movie based on the book of the same name by Robert M. Edsel. It focuses on the story of a group of soldiers during WWII who are tasked with searching out and trying to return art work, mainly paintings and sculptures, that were taken during the war and returned.  They are trying to preserve the artistic expressions of culture and show that there is importance in maintaining historic pieces of art from war. Although the cast was led by George Clooney as Frank Stokes, and Matt Damon as James Granger, this movie is very much an ensemble cast.  This monuments men platoon also consists of Bill Murray as Richard Campbell, John Goodman as Walter Garfield, Jean Dujardin as Jean Claude Clermont, Bob Balaban as Preston Savtiz, Hugh Bonneville as Donald Jeffries, and Dimitri Leonidas as Sam Epstein.  Also part of the cast is French art curate Clair Simone played by Cate Blanchett.  To me the plot of the movie is what all the characters were doing and working towards together but their interactions between each other and all the other side characters is what the movie was about. 
This movie definitely falls into the category of drama and if you are looking for action you will not find it in this movie, it is very story driven but has some moments of humor in it and I laughed multiple times throughout the movie. Although I liked this movie there wasn't anything that was specifically memorable about it or exciting about it, it did move at a slow pace and just meanders along. There was some time uncertainty for me watching it and although it tells you where and where the characters are, as well as mentioning time it seems as if it jumps around.

I really liked how all of the characters worked together and think that anyone who likes dramas with a hint of humor will like this movie.  It is not for anyone who easily gets bored in movie as there is no real action or suspense.  It was fair but lackluster.

My Rating: 3

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