A Must See Movie of 2014 – The Monuments Men


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It’s been a long time since any of us have posted something on the EftRoU website, so I thought I would try to make up for this with three different posts. See the added links at the end of this post.

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Now for my first of three reviews within 30 minutes…

Ever since I saw the first trail for “The Monuments Men” I was hooked. I know it is based on a true story from WWII, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to see it. It also reminded me a bit of “Ocean’s Eleven”, which made me even more excited.

If you haven’t heard about this movie here is a little background. “The Monuments Men” is a true story of the greatest artifact hunt of modern time. Its focus is on an unlikely World War II squadron, which goes into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazis and return them to their rightful owners. The question is, while they need to go behind enemy lines, how are these guys (seven museum directors, curators, and art historians) all more familiar with Michelangelo than with weapons possibly have any hope to succeed? They will risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

Well now I have seen it, and I am still in. It was a great movie with a good story. I have so many positive things to say, the acting, the story telling, the directing, the humor and the pacing, they’re all good things.

I am not sure where I should start… okay I got it. Although this is a dramatic movie with a very serious tone I can’t help but enjoy how the script and the acting made it fun. The one-liners given by Bill Murray, George Clooney and John Goodman are placed at just the right time to lighten the mood and create a greater connection to the characters.

As for the cast, first; George Clooney is all over this movie. He helped produce this movie and write the screenplay. He’s also one of the stars and the director. I would think he was quick busy and passionate about this film, and his passion shines through. Let’s just run through the cast. The star studded cast includes the following: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, and Bob Balaban. Each of these actors are great on their own, and as an ensemble they work wonderfully together. What I liked about each performance was how they pulled me into a moment where I felt alone with each person, it made me want to learn more about each character. In addition each actor did not pull focus from the other, they provided just the right amount of support and it is fantastic. I wish this movie was not so early in year, I am afraid it will be forgotten by the time award season comes around.

I went to see this movie with my dad, and what felt really odd was that he and I appeared to be the youngest people in the theater. That brings me to the fact this is a true story of men who truly believed in preserving the rich history of mankind and the accomplishments we made. I really liked the story telling and how it was portrayed on the big screen, when the movie ended the audience clapped. In my mind that is a good sign as this filmed appealed to an older audience as well as to myself. I can’t wait to see this movie again. I may even have to do some more research to learn more about what happen during this time and the art before I see this movie again.

Although this is not a big action movie with a lot of special effects or visual effects I say go see it in the theater. As I mentioned before the acting is great, the story is enlightening and this film has real heart. I even found myself choking up a few times.

I give this movie 4.75 ‘size 11 boots’ out of 5. Please support the arts and go see this movie.

As I mentioned above this is one of three movies I saw over the weekend. Check out my review of the classic Kevin Smith joint, ‘DOGMA’ and the new release ‘The LEGO Movie’.