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THE MONUMENTS MEN, 2014
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  MOVIE POSTERTHE MONUMENTS MEN, 2014
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Director: George Clooney

Stars: George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

Review by Matthew Toffolo

SYNOPSIS:

In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them.

REVIEW:

TONE. That is why this is an interesting film to watch if you are a long time movie fan. George Clooney is attempting again (he tried and failed in the 2008 football movie Leatherheads) to give us a film with a serious setting but with comedic undertones and jokes. He's attempting to make another 1950s films where this type of tone was a staple in most of the Hollywood films made in that era.

Clooney is giving us a World War II movie that's part romp, part "this is serious business and you better pay attention". This type of tone might have worked after WWII because audiences still wanted to see movies made about their recent past, but were all too wounded by the events to watch something too serious and deep. But it's 2014 now and we want one or the other. Give us a comedy with drammatic moments. Or give us a war drama with many drammatic moments. Don't attempt to give us a light-hearted road-trip tale through Europe as Hitler is killing millions of innocents. You can't do this, especially after the many War movies of the last 40 years have given us so much depth. The audiences want a lot more than seeing Bill Murray and a gang of older men trying to get through basic training.

The real trouble with this film is that it actually has it's great moments. It's unforunately mixed with a pace where I don't think even Clooney knows what's happening.

Plus, there is a dynamic theme occuring in The Monument's Men. Is art more valuable than a man's life? Great art can and will stand the test of time as we have on average 70-75 years in us. Then we're gone. And why was Hitler so obsessed with obtaining so much artwork? Especially because it came from so many cultures he despised and killed. Was he trying to alter history? Or was his madness just a root of being a failed painter himself?

George Clooney's film gives us another angle and perspective of World War II, and I didn't think that could happen after the many books written about it, and the many films made about it. This era in our history has been beaten to death (pardon the obnoxious pun). And he sort of blew it.

I think Clooney is obsessed with giving audiences a different voice in the movies. But this is another failure on his part. Back to the drawing board.

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