Based on true events, George Clooney's The Monuments Men tells the story of a group of unlikely soldiers who would risk their lives in an effort to save humanities culture. Tasked by FDR, these men made up of art curators and architects. were sent into Germany towards the end of WW II to rescue artistic masterpieces from the Nazis and return them to their rightful owner. The Monuments Men is a film in which I appreciate its intentions more than its actual filmmaking. For a film of this magnitude, The Monuments Men is surprisingly flat, featuring only a few moments of resonance throughout its two hour running time. With no specific character's point of view, the narrative suffers a bit from ping-ponging between the members of the monuments men which potentially hurt the films ability to affect the viewer emotionally during its intended moments of poignancy. This film is without question heavy-handed, with various characters routinely reminding the viewer just how important art is to our culture to the point that it became quite tedious. The Monuments Men does feature an exceptional cast, and even though it feels flat and a little light given the subject matter, I found myself enjoying most of the film. George Clooney's The Monuments Men is a nice history lesson tat is certainly an easy watch and while Clooney is not a great filmmaker there are a few strong moments of poignancy sprinkled throughout.
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