Saturday, May 31, 2014

2014 - MONUMENTS MEN, interesting and disappointing.

Kind of a letdown.  Considering the subject matter and the cast this should have been a much better film.  George Clooney starred, directed, co-wrote and co-produced this film and he probably took on more than he should have.  The film at times really strains to get from point A to point B.

Clooney put together a real charismatic cast, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, that guy from Dowton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balban and smiling Frenchman John Durjadin.  Cate Blanchett is also in the film as a French art historian but I'm not really sure why.  She doesn't really bring a thing to the film and her subplot could have been easily cut out of the film.

The whole idea of a group of middle aged art scholars rushing across Europe during World War II to prevent the Nazi's from destroying the cultural history of Europe seems like a great idea for a film.  However the screenplay can't seem to establish a clear story line and and splitting the group of art historians up for some mini adventures just dilutes the film.   

 But, this is a film that is certainly very watchable.  The actors are all very enjoyable  and I have to admit that George Clooney does have a lot of screen presence.

118 minutes.

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