Based on a true story a World War II platoon is assigned by FDR the task of recovering stolen art from Nazi thieves. Traveling behind enemy lines the men must locate and return stolen art to the rightful owners, all while evading capture.
George Clooney (Frank Stokes), Matt Damon (James Granger), Bill Murray (Richard Campbell), Cate Blanchett (Claire), John Goodman (Garfield), Jean Dujardin (Jean Claude), Hugh Bonneville (Jeffries), Bob Balaban (Preston Savitz), Dmitri Leonidas (Sam Epstein).
The Monuments Men is the interesting tale of a platoon of World War II soldiers assigned to retrieve and return art stolen by the Nazi’s. The film begins with some interesting actual photos of the original platoon. Once character introductions and plot setup are complete the film picks a pretty good pace with a nice mix of action, drama, and suspense. The story finally wraps up with a good ending that is fairly expected.
With a cast like this we expected pretty good acting and weren’t disappointed. Clooney, Damon, Murray, Goodman, Dujardin, and Bonneville all did nicely. Blanchett was very good in her role, fitting the part perfectly. Balaban was enjoyable, tossing in a bit of dry humor along the way. The rest of the supporting cast was solid and did well.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good with nice variety and a realistic feel. Action scenes were nicely done without turning the film into a hard core military production with a lot of violence. Dialogue was enjoyable with a nice mix of drama and energy. Sound and soundtrack were both good.
You don’t have to be an art lover to appreciate this film. The storyline is solid and entertaining, acting and technical work is of good quality, and the film moves along pretty well. Those who enjoy military films, action adventure, or fans of the main cast should enjoy this one.
With some violence and seemingly everyone in the film chain-smoking, this should be fine for teens and above.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Drama, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on the Book, 20th Century Period Pieces
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