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|
|Plot Keywords||:||world war ii, nazis, art theft, post world war ii|
The movie deserves an A for effort but misses the mark dramatically. The question is: why? The story is evocative and the cast is excellent. Where the movie goes wrong is how it presents the story. The movie attempts to inject a whimsical element in story which is out of context. There was nothing whimsical about the plan to save priceless artwork. Also, the story moves at a slow pace and inspires little if any excitement or drama. The discoveries of the hidden artwork has little dramatic impact, nor do the interpersonal relationships between the characters which in the movie are shallow. Even the attempt at romance comes off as tepid and half-hearted, as well as implausible. The idea of a young, handsome, married American officer, alone in Paris, having dinner in the apartment of an attractive, intelligent, single French woman who made him dinner and not staying for at least another drink is a stretch. True, he is married and his faithfulness is commendable, but still .... The movie does have some strong dramatic moments, but in general the story is bland. Yet despite the movie's drawbacks, it still manages to tell a story about an historical event of great importance and significance, and for that reason alone is worth watching.