| The Monuments Men (2014) |
George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Kate Blanchett, John Goodman: Despite the big names, the movie was not very powerful. It was nice. It was interesting.
You won't laugh or cry. You will smile and frown. There were great performances, especially Goodman. He was great! Amazing to see how old they are getting.
The destruction of 1000 years of culture would have been an horrific loss to mankind. Urgency comes from the Nazi orders to destroy all the art should the Reich fall, and the advancing Russians who have no intention of returning the art to its rightful owners. Some of the art was actually destroyed by the Germans just out of vindictiveness.
As for historical accuracy, there were 345 Monuments Men (and women), not seven. Unlike in the movie, the two killed were an American and a Brit attached to the Canadian 1st Army.
There was no male-bashing, which was a nice treat. Most men are fairly decent, so I count that as being more realistic than some other films.
This is a fine movie and I recommend you see it, but it did not deliver much emotional punch which was a little disappointing.
- Reviewed by Paul G
Rated: PG-13 for some images of war violence and historical smoking.
Runtime: 118 minutes