‘The Monuments Men’ was the second film of this year that made my Ten to Watch list, and for the second time this year, I left a film wanting more. Unlike most other films though, it is actually difficult to pin down exactly what was missing in ‘The Monuments Men’.
Directed by George Clooney and starring Clooney along with Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett, ‘The Monuments Men’ tells the story of a special unit in World War II tasked with trying to preserve important works of art in Europe.
The bottom line with ‘The Monuments Men’ as someone watching it, is that it is hard to figure out if you should treat this as a comedy with dramatic overtones, or a drama with jokes sprinkled within.
While, for the most part, I enjoyed this film, at times it seemed to be quite slow at times and that took me out of the film. The tough part about this is that as I think back on it, it seems that it would be a little difficult to change much of the film from the cut that we ended up with.
The one thing that I absolutely loved with ‘The Monuments Men’ was the unique take on telling a World War II film. Not focusing on the fighting or the plotting, this film really highlighted something that most people would not even be aware of: the Nazi theft of paintings, sculptures and other art from throughout western Europe.
I loved the story, but in the end the acting and the directing were subpar, which is much to the detriment to a story that truly needs to be told so that people everywhere can be aware of the lesser known sacrifices of war.
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