The Monuments Men (2014)


Director: George Clooney

Writer: George Clooney, Grant Heslov (Screenplay) Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter (Book)

Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban, Dimitri Leonidas


Plot: During World War II, Frank Stokes (Clooney) learns that Hitler is stealing all of the great works of art for his personal museum. So with permission from Roosevelt, Stokes recruits 6 men who are each art experts and they go to Europe under the guise of being soldiers to find out where the art that was taken is. When they start getting killed while trying to do it: it becomes personal for the rest to finish what they started. Things get dire when the Germans are ordered to burn the art if they lose the war and the Russians are also out to get the art themselves.


Verdict: Very Nice Historical Film


Story: For years now we have seen the full horror of war and different ways it was happening. With this we get to see another side of the war and how a small group came to stop the world losing it arts and culture. Seems simple enough but we get a buddy cop feel to the events between certain characters alongside the seriousness of what is going on. The story shows how even after the war was won the Germans wanted the final say. We see how much was saved and how much people sacrificed for it. With few light hearted comedy moments and some heart tugging scenes this will get you to feel all the emotions during the story. (9/10)


Actor Reviews


George Clooney: Frank the leader of the expedition to collect and return the art works from Europe. Frank stays out of most the action and is almost like the person everyone reports to about information they have received. Good Clooney performance but doesn’t have much screen time. (8/10)


Matt Damon: James Frank’s first member of the team who goes to France to learn information on where the art could be from Claire, spends more time there because he has to prove he wants what is best for the art. A shade of Linus from Ocean’s Eleven in this performance from Damon. (8/10)

Bill Murray: Richard joins the team and is paired off with Preston in what looks like a very odd couple but they both have their strengths. Bill effortless steals the scenes he is in. (8/10)


Cate Blanchett: Claire French lady who has been on a one person crusade to return the art but she doesn’t know who to trust anymore. She has to judge whether James is a good guy or just like the Germans. Good supporting performance from Cate. (7/10)


John Goodman: Walter one of the monument man who gets teamed up with the French man Jean Claude, they both get into some awkward moments that will have laughter and tears. Good supporting performance from John as he always is.(8/10)


Jean Dujardin: Jean Claude the French man on the team who is trying to find the monuments. Has good moments through the film and becomes a great supporting role. (8/10)


Hugh Bonneville: Donald a drunken British man who gets the chance to redeem himself on this mission. Good supporting performance. (7/10)

Director Review: George Clooney – Good direction to tell the story well, by mixing a range of full emotions. (8/10)


Biography: Great to show how much these men risks to save the arts. (10/10)

Drama: Good drama mixing all the emotions of war into one story. (8/10)

War: Not showing the true horrors of war but showing the results. (8/10)

Settings: Each setting is recreated very well to create an authentic story. (9/10)

Suggestion: I am going to pick to watch this as I believe it has everything for a fun serious film without being silly. (Watch)


Best Part: Christmas scene.

Worst Part: Though I understand it has to jump from different times, a bit more investigation would have been nice to see.

Funniest Scene: You be distraction between Jean Claude and Walter

Believability: Based on the true events. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: You may have a few. (3/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $154,984,035

Budget: $70 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: It was the greatest art heist in history.


Overall: Very Entertaining Historical Trip


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