Monday, 24 March 2014

The Monuments Men Review (Updated)







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 Simone
Bill Murray - Sgt. Richard 
Campbell
John Goodman - Sgt. Walter 
Garfield
Jean Dujardin - Lt. Jean Claude Clermont
Bob Balaban - Pvt. Preston Savitz
Hugh Bonneville - Lt. Donald Jeffries
Sam Hazeldine - Colonel Langton
Dimitri Leonidas - Sam Epstein
Justus von Dohnanyi - Viktor Stahl
Holger Handtke - Colonel Wegner
Michael Hofland - Priest (Claude)
Zachary Baharov - Commander Elya
Miles Jupp - Major Fielding
Alexandre Desplat - Emile
Serge Hazanavicius - Rene Armand
Diarmaid Murtagh - Captain Harpen
Udo Kroschwald - Hermann Goering
Michael Dalton - President Roosevelt
Christian Rodska - President Truman
James Payton - Hitler
Nick Clooney - Older Stokes
Joe Reynolds - Stokes' Son
Levi Strasser - Stokes' Grandson

Crew
Screenplay/Producer/Director - George Clooney
Based on Book "The Monuments Men" -
Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter
Screenplay/Producer - Grant Heslov
Executive Producer - Barbara A. Hall
Co-Producers - Christoph Fisser,
Henning Molfenter and Charlie Woebcken
Production Designer - James D. Bissell
Costume Designer - Louise Frogley
Director of Photography - Phedon Papamichael
Visual Effects Supervisors - Angus Bickerton
and Huseyin Caner
Film Editor - Stephen Mirrione
Music - Alexander Desplat


Review 
Specifically, this is a movie with war as the backdrop and I must've had myself flustered as to whether it was an action comedy or drama. At first, THE MONUMENTS MEN is actually good to see on screen for those who never heard of the true story behind it, thus making it a historical war picture. Then again, it clearly demonstrates that only 80 percent of the accuracy remained faithful to the actual events. I would point out that THE MONUMENTS MEN was in this case, only a fair and decent movie. Everything is in a small scale but it features a spectacular cast of Matt Damon, George Clooney, Bill Murray and John Goodman. I never had lost any of the faith for these actors and they all did well in the movie.

War films are not my speciality. In reflection of this film, it didn't have some of its captivating moments nor it was destined to become the best or the worst movie that's ever been made. This is a rhetorical statement but overall I find that THE MONUMENTS MEN has a very little feeling of being a milestone movie. It's more of a decent one with some value to possibly re-see it.

Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie

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