The Monuments Men (2014)


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George Clooney produces, writes, directs and stars in this film, based on a true story, about a band of likeable brothers who storm Europe in order to salvage works of art from the nefarious grasp of the Nazis.

The end of World War II is nigh but Frank Stokes (Clooney) argues that victory is meaningless if the art treasures of the Western civilisation are lost. This is exactly what Claire Simone (Cate Blanchett), a curator in Paris, is experiencing as the evil Viktor Stahl (Justus von Dohnányi) strips the museum of its collection. Assembling an unlikely contingent made up of museum directors, curators and art historians, Stokes goes to Europe, determined to recuperate as much of the stolen art as possible.

Clooney’s film is an enjoyable romp through a rather overlooked facet of the Nazi threat during World War II. As the script is eager to point out, there was a lot more at stake than missing a painting or a statue. These artifacts of history are as much a part of a civilisation’s identity as the chutzpah that the brave soldiers on the front were displaying. Which is a rather good point to make, one that shouldn’t have been sabotaged with lazy touches of Indiana Jones. All the good things that this film has (including a brilliant scene involving a Nazi soldier, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban and a cigarette) are impoverished because of the inconsistent delivery in tone.

Harmless fun.



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