REVIEW: The Monuments Men

An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

Overall it’s a good film to watch as its based on a true story and shows how the platoon (which consists of George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and Dimitri Leonidas) forms together and  faces the challenges of finding the world’s most famous artworks. There are some scenes at the beginning with Cate Blanchett that didn’t exactly need to be in the film and other scenes are too short for you to connect with everyone; you don’t see much of how Granger (Damon) tries to win over Claire Simone (Blanchett) so she’ll tell him details he needs to know nor when the platoon is split are there enough interesting, funny or highly entertaining, memorable scenes between Campbell (Murray) and Savitz (Balaban) or between Garfield (Goodman) or Clermont (Dujardin) – though there is just enough to see the friendship meant something.

There are some scenes that are entertaining (e.g. when Granger ‘steps’ onto some trouble – steps being the right word – you’ll understand when you see it) though part of the problem might have been I was expecting more original and memorably funny, clever scenes – dare I say possibly like Inglorious Bastards but with art and no extreme blood.

Overall, it is an interesting film with some good moments.

The Monuments Men: 6.4/10


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