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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:
Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 58 minutes
Starring Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban, John Goodman, Diarmaid Murtagh, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, George Clooney, 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

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Bond on 8 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I loved this film. It has an excellent cast, presumably put together by Mr Clooney. The story is real and the war ending and moving towards Russia. It is the search for the Art which the Nazis have stolen and the band of men who are searching for it. The main cast are well known especially George Clooney who has also produced the film. The film isn't fast but jogs along at a reasonable pace, interspersed with humour. Finding the precious pieces of Art through Bruges and northern Germany made me as thrilled as it did the Monument Men. This is a film that we will watch a lot.
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62 of 67 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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3 of 3 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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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jet Lagged TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
"If you destroy an entire generation of people's culture - it's as if they never existed."

The war is going badly for Germany. If it was being lost then Hitler's "Nero Decree", or scorched earth policy, was to come into effect. Everything of value was to be destroyed or torched by the Nazis. The ultimate in pure spite.

A team of middle-aged men was formed to try and locate and rescue the art treasures. Art treasures that were looted by the Nazis. This undercover unit of artists was Art's answer to Dad's Army. This unlikely bunch, most of whom were not exactly in the first flush of youth, were then propelled into the war zone. They were the so-called "Monuments Men" of the movie's title.

Interestingly, it was the Monuments Men who found the famous fake Vermeer in Goering's stash. The fake was done by Dutch forger Hans van Meegeren. ( An excellent account of van Meegeren's life and works can be found in "I Was Vermeer: The Forger Who Swindled the Nazis" by Frank Wynne).

The film stars and is directed by George Clooney. Matt Damon stood in for Daniel Craig (Who had scheduling problems). Bill Murray is perfectly cast as the architect from Chicago. John Goodman and Cate Blanchett also star, the latter giving a particularly good performance.

This film shouldn't be compared with Ocean's Eleven and all that. It's a slightly different type of film we have here. One that acknowledges the historical reality involved. Even so, Clooney tries to put a kind of jaunty "Great Escape" spin on some of the film - as well as a touch of Alan Alda's MASH.

Despite all the acting talent, the film never quite clicks into high gear. You feel as if something is missing. Nevertheless I would recommend this film. The story should be told and not forgotten. And it's a reminder, lest we ever forget, of the Insanity of War.
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