Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on seven over-the-hill, out-of-shape museum directors, artists, architects, curators, and art historians who went to the front lines of WWII to rescue the world’s artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners. With the art hidden behind enemy lines, how could these guys hope to succeed?
|Release Date||:||January 24, 2014|
|Genres||:||War, Drama, History, Action|
|Production Company||:||Columbia Pictures, Studio Babelsberg, Fox 2000 Pictures, Smokehouse Pictures, Obelisk Productions|
|Production Countries||:||Germany, United States of America|
|Writers||:||George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter|
|Casts||:||Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Holger Handtke, Dimitri Leonidas, Justus von Dohnányi, Zahary Baharov, Sam Hazeldine, Diarmaid Murtagh, Serge Hazanavicius, Udo Kroschwald, Grant Heslov, Michael Brandner, Alexandre Desplat, Luc Feit, Claudia Geisler, Andrew Alexander|
|Plot Keywords||:||world war ii, nazis, art theft, post world war ii|
Having read the original book from which "Monuments Men" is taken, I was very interested to see the movie. There is a really fascinating and historically important story here, and it could have made a great film. However, soon after the show begins, it all starts to fall apart. The reason? George Clooney. He directed, and he wrote the screenplay. It's amazingly obvious that in neither of these capacities does Clooney know what he is doing. The screenplay is an absolute joke, totally disjointed, disconnected, silly, trite, and incredibly amateurish for a major Hollywood star of Clooney's stature. The same goes for the directing. George Clooney is obviously a guy with a huge ego, capable of fooling himself and a lot of other people who should know better, that he knows what he is doing. Film-making schools should show this movie as a classic example of what not to do. It's fundamentally flawed in every respect. Editing, music, etc.------one is taken aback by the unbelievable ineptness. Co-stars Matt Damon and Bill Murray and John Goodman and the rest of the cast merely parrot their lines in strange, disjointed scenes that beg to be rewritten by someone with a brain in his head. On the one hand, I totally condemn this piece of Hollywood egotistical stupidity, but on the other I heartily recommend it as an example of how bad movies can get in the hands of people with enormous egos. Stick to acting, Clooney---for God's sake don't direct and write screenplays ever again.