The Monuments Men 2013

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George Clooney co-writes and directs this adaptation of Robert M. Edsel's book that follows the men tasked with saving the world's greatest works of art from the Nazis during WWII. In the last months of the war, with the Third Reich teetering on the brink of collapse, the German army are ordered to destroy every piece of looted art in their possession. In a race against time, American President Franklin D. Roosevelt mobilises a seven-man platoon comprising museum directors and art historians to rescue the cream of the world's artistic and cultural treasures from the hands of the enemy, and return them to their rightful owners. But with no previous experience of weapons and tactics, the hastily assembled group soon face a rude awakening when they experience their first live action behind enemy lines. As well as Clooney, the all-star cast includes Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Jean Dujardin.

Starring:
George Clooney, Hugh Bonneville
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The Monuments Men

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Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 58 minutes
Starring George Clooney, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban, John Goodman, Diarmaid Murtagh, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Matt Damon, Sam Hazeldine
Director George Clooney
Genres Drama
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 8 August 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Spanish, German
Subtitles Spanish, German, Turkish
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 58 minutes
Starring George Clooney, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban, John Goodman, Diarmaid Murtagh, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Matt Damon, Sam Hazeldine
Director George Clooney
Genres Drama
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 8 August 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Spanish, Japanese, Turkish, Polish
Subtitles Spanish, Japanese, Polish
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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44 of 48 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.
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Fascinating and pretty accurate account of the activities of art historians racing to protect and return artwork stolen by high ranking nazis for their personal and ignorant egos. A number of emotionally moving rescues / returns to the original owners brought an additional dimension to race to protect and conserve a critical element of humanity. The film very adeptly makes the point that the Jewish nations was annhilated not only through murder but through brutal theft and greed. The finding of gold teeth secreted away in their thousands or the return of a single portrait to an empty Jewish home provide a though provoking backdrop to the role of the Monument Men without wallowing in the horror and brutality of nazi criminals. Hugh Bonneville's dying letter to his father is written and delivered with dignity, sorrow, regret and search for his father's forgiveness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy_F TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
Based on the true story of the greatest 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.

Its Ok but really felt the story was very slow, and lost interest half way through, really wanted to like it but not for me
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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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mario on 11 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Not really a very good film although entertaining enough. A cross between Private Ryan and Indiana Jones but without either one's singularity of purpose. In fact at times it seems a bit ho-hum as if it doesn't know what it wants to be. Rather sentimental and without any convincing character development. You've got to like George Clooney but it all seems rather formulaic, predictable etc. The 'action' is bookended by 'philosophical' talking and the bits with Jean Dujardin and Hugh Bonneville episodic and undeveloped. No American dies but the British and the French have issues. Matt Damon seems uninvolved too in his too honorable Kate Blanchett subplot. There is one bit where George has a go at a Nazi for having a 'stoopid' face. Now I don't want to be an apologist but it did make me a little uncomfortable because the German had one of those Michael Schumacher faces - slightly arrogant and, yes Germanic, and I thought that was somehow a bit ham-fisted. He didn't have a stoopid face. He had an arrogant look but a 'typically German' face perhaps and of course he was an actor, and a rather handsome one.
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