Monday, February 17, 2014
The Monuments Men - An Okay Movie
As a movie, The Monuments Men had some issues. It had slow pacing in parts. Some scenes were confusing. It relied heavily on sometimes painful cliches. Even the music was cliche. But still, I was able to watch and enjoy learning about this part of history I had never heard before.
Seven men (four Americans, one Englishman, one Frenchman, and one German) are sent to save works of art during World War II--the time period immediately following D-Day.
At first, the seven men feel a lot like placeholders--pawns moving on a board without character or history. But as the story progresses, we finally see some interaction, and I was able to start caring about these guys.
The movie attempts to play with a little humor. I went in expecting Ocean's Eleven meets The Dirty Dozen. However, the humor was very light and not very funny. Though, I never found this "humor" detracting. Rather, it was like regular army guys grilling themselves (like the scene in the attached trailer when Matt Damon steps on a land mine).
Evidently, a lot of what happened in the movie was true. Though, a lot was dramatized. In actuality, there were 345 Monuments Men, which was reduced to 7 in this movie. Well--the movie does show other men helping out in some scenes, but I have no idea where they came from.
George Clooney did well in this I'm-doing-everything movie, though it comes across as an indie movie. It makes for a good date night movie. It's a good story to be told, and I highly recommend watching when it comes out on DVD.