The Monuments Men 2014

Amazon Instant Video

(182)
Available in HD

In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renown works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys it.

Starring:
George Clooney, Matt Damon
Runtime:
1 hour 58 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

The Monuments Men

By placing your order, you agree to our Terms of Use. Sold by Amazon Instant Video.

Product Details

Genres Drama
Director George Clooney
Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon
Supporting actors Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett
Studio 20th Century Fox
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
This is an extremely interesting film. It's excellent in some places; outright odd in others. It's not an action-adventure, nor a comedy, nor an historical drama, nor a revisionist post-modern cynical reinterpretation. It's more like the kind of film made 50 years ago: it's an old-fashioned, heart-on-its-sleeve 'innocent' film, one which applauds the efforts of honest men trying to do their best in difficult circumstances.

At times, The Monuments Men feels a little simplistic -- Germans bad: Americans good -- and it can be sentimental to the point of mawkishness (the Christmas shower scene is a bit over the top for most audiences). The performances are rather muted, also, as if the excellent ensemble cast are deliberately keeping their Hollywood star wattage on a dim setting, in order not to overpower the film's moral message. There has obviously been a deliberate intent to avoid glamorising the inevitable violence of war, so when fatal incidents occur they are delivered with the same flat presentation as the rest of the film and are depicted in matter-of-fact fashion as everyday idiotic happenstance. In this respect, MM is both unusual and laudable. Similarly, the scene where an SS officer who has been pillaging art is found out and arrested is underplayed with a delightfully light hand.
It struggles a bit with one unnecessary scene where Clooney's character confronts a camp commandant and delivers a strange speech about how the Nazi's accomplishments will come to naught when America goes back to normal life -- this just didn't seem to fit the narrative or serve any real purpose.
The true quest, to find and save thousands of paintings, sculptures, manuscripts and other works of art before they could be sold, stolen or destroyed is extremely powerful, however.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lazaros K. on 9 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
When I first read about the 'story'of this movie,and that it was Clooney's "child"(Script,direction and starring)I was really looking forwsrd to watching it.A movie about war,during war,at the main theater of war,but not a "war movie".A movie about timeless values,about art and culture,about legacy,about principles and ideals.What else could one be looking for ?
Well,some other points that matter,yet they are missing from this one.
The movie is too loose and too slow.Very little action in a war movie is,practically,a paradox.The plot is unnecessarily complicated.It tries hard to get its priorities right,but fails.A lot of the dialogue is redundant.The impressive cast ,is rather miscast.The characters played by Bill Murray and John Goodman are purely decorative and they should have been played by much younger men,and much less known actors,succesfully.The movie tries to push home the "moral issue" so hard,that it becomes annoying.The story of six elderly and practically untrained "men of the arts"undertaking to save the PRIVATE art collections whose value is immeasurable without any real military or technical assistance at a time when in Europe more than two million allied troops were available, is a bit hard to swallow.The most "memorable"scenes,as far as I'm concerned, are two.The first one when the "heroes" discover the Nazi colonel in charge of the art thefts who has "fled"to hide at a farmhouse and instead of hiding his loot in the cellar,has hanged the stolen masterpieces on his living room walls !!! And they are part of the priceless Rothchild collection too !! Baron Rothchild ,of all people,who,himself, could and should, have "commissioned"and financed a whole "special forces " unit to recover his collection (....and probably did,too...).Please....!!.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 May 2014
Format: DVD
This film reminded me of one of Clooney's films about 7 guys who went to Las Vegas to break the bank. Except in this film the seven guys are all out to save the art treasures that may be lost during WWII. This film is really a nice try' but it does not entertain most of the time. It is up and down and at times felt like script was being written on the fly.

George Clooney is asked and in essence suggests that he firm unset a group to save the world's treasures before they are lost forever. He reigns up Matt Damon, Bob Balaban, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville and Jean Dujardi, are all somehow involved in art history. They all become soldiers in search of German-pilfered paintings and statues. Not many in the armed Forces have an appreciation of art. If it is a choice of killing Germans in a church or saving art in that church, the art loses.

The saving grace in this film is Cate Blanchett. Playing a secretary to the German high rank. She is able to help the group looking for the art and knows where to look for it. A romance with one of the art historian soldiers seems far fetched, but, then, some romance needed to enter the fray. Clooney played his usual sauve debonair self, but it seems to be wearing thin. Maybe he should leave the writing to there. This was a difficult film for me, I lost interest 2/3 of the way through.

Recommended For Some. prisrob 05-23-14
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven on 15 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
We went to this movie with high hopes because, well, what movie wouldn't be awesome that has John Goodman and Bill Murray in it. I mean really. Unfortunately, Laura and I came away from this one rather disappointed.

The premise of this one can be summed up pretty simply. World War II is winding down; the Germans know they're losing so they set out to destroy as much of the world's great art as they can before they go. Only one thing stands in their way: motley bunch of aging artists. Dramatics ensue from there.

On the positive side, the film does a great job of portraying the importance of the period of history we're talking about. A thousand years of human art and culture really is on the line. Other reviewers complain about the protagonist's pontifications but this is the whole point of the film. The Nazi's weren't just out to destroy the Jews or rule the world. If they were going down they wanted to take as much of the world with them as they could no matter the price. This story is the ultimate example of "play by my rules or I'll take my ball and go home." So all those prolonged speeches aren't in the way of the real action of this war movie, they are in fact its only reason for being.

To the negative, as a connected narrative this movie was just hacked to bits. It could have made a meticulous and moving 6-hour mini-series but cut down to movie size the whole thing is a disconnected mess. There are, at various points, three distinct story lines but the relationships between them are unclear then suddenly they're all slammed together in a barely sensical manner. Further, the movie suffers from Hollywood over-drama just for the sake of drama. It's almost as if they tried to make an action flick out of a story that wasn't one.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search