The MONUMENTS MEN 2/2014

The MONUMENTS MEN – Based on the true story of the great treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements. the film stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett. Based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter.

Q-Tips say: It is OK – BUT RENT IT – The movie has a stellar cast of older guys and too much lecturing about the importance of art and culture rather than inspiring any real emotion about it. The cast (like an over the hill gang type) almost seems as tho the “big names” were put in the move to entice movie goers to see the movie. The movie suffers from a lack of cohesiveness which does not flow well. Mrs. Q says: The rainy day we went the theater was packed with older senior types – not a single younger person there. You will not see the 20 somethings going to this movie unless it is required by their art teacher for their grade upgrade. Was slow moving at times and there was laughter in the theater which struck us as odd for such a movie. Based on a true story but never read the book but I would like to know how loosely based it is to the true story. Did the “Men” know their art? YES. Were they convincing as soldiers during a war? NO. Only you can say whether loosing a life to save precious works of art is worth it. Perhaps it is, providing it is not your life. Is It?

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