'The Monuments Men' starring George Clooney, Matt Damon

By Zach Levatino,
Author Rating: 
3.0 Stars - It's Good

The Monuments Men is a star-studded film that did a great job of depicting the Nazi values during World War II, showing that the Nazis took better care of objects than they did their own people.

The movie starts off rather slow and is continually jumping around between the eight main characters in the film. Without a well-rounded knowledge of the time period the movie would be hard to follow.

Directed by George Clooney, the movie did a great job depicting the time period through setting, with the set design conveying a war zone. The most powerful scene in the movie comes when the men find a barrel full of gold fillings. The very next shot is a look of disgust and sorrow on the faces of all the men.

The script could have been better, but it displayed commanding officers in the military who wouldn’t risk the lives of their men for art very well. There was slight comedy throughout the movie, providing big moments for Bill Murray.

Clooney and Matt Damon were two big roles in the film and one did a much better job than the other. Damon’s character was all over the place and in most scenes was outshined by Cate Blanchett.

The other lead star, Clooney, was convincing, but a little over the top. His speeches throughout the movie featured his best lines – especially the speech at the end when he faces down Hugh Bonneville’s killer. Interestingly, Bonneville had the most compelling performance for the short time that he was on screen.

 
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