Monday, 24 March 2014

The Monuments Men Review







The Monuments Men



Release Date: 13th March 2014 - Australia


Production Companies
Fox 2000 Pictures (present)
Columbia Pictures (present)
Smokehouse Pictures
Studio Babelsberg

Distribution
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: War

Rating: M

Runtime: 118 minutes


Budget: $70,000,000

Box Office Gross: $154,984,035
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Based on the true story of 
the greatest treasure hunt 
in history, The Monuments 
Men focuses 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.


Cast
George Clooney - Lt. Frank Stokes
Matt Damon - Lt. James Granger
Cate Blanchett - Claire Simon
Bill Murray - Sgt. Richard Campbell
John Goodman - Sgt. Walter Garfield
Jean Dujardin - Lt. Jean Claude
Cermont
Bob Balaban - Pvt. Preston Savitz
Hugh Bonneville - Lt. Donald
Jeffries
Sam Hazeldine - Colonel Langton
Dimitri Leonidas - Sam Epstein

Crew
Screenplay/Producer/Director -
George Clooney
Based on Book "The
Monuments Men" - Robert M.
Edsel and Bret Witter
Screenplay/Producer - Grant
Heslov
Production Designer - James
D. Bissell
Costume Designer - Louise
Frogley
Director of Photography -
Phedon Papamichael
Film Editor - Stephen Mirrione
Music - Alexander Desplat


Review 
Specifically, a movie with war going on as its backdrop and I must've had myself flustered if it was an action comedy or drama. Now at first, the historical action crusading picture THE MONUMENTS MEN is actually good to see it on screen for those who never heard of its true story. Then again, it clearly demonstrates that only 80 percent of the accuracy remained faithful to the story and I would point out the movie is in the category of decency. Everything is in a thinly small scale and the spectacular cast of Matt Damon, George Clooney, Bill Murray and John Goodman. I never had lost any of the faith for these actors and nor some of its captivating moments. In reflection of this film, I must say that I don't find it's humour too bad, the picture would have turned out to be a good comedy if had been in the genre. I don't see war comedies like M.A.S.H and DR. STRANGELOVE in nowadays.

War films are not my special candidate. This is a reciprocal statement that overall I find that THE MONUMENTS MEN has a little feeling of a milestone movie. It's more rather a decent one with some value to possibly re-see it.

Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie

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