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MONUMENTS MEN, THE

MONUMENTS MEN, THE

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THE PLOT THUS FAR

An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“The Monuments Men” is a movie that I don’t wish on the best of directors. It’s one thing to fail, but to miss the boat with a cast like this is unbelievable. It’s almost like Clooney stopped trying to craft a story and literally started using pieces of the original book as toilet paper. That’s not to say that the supporting cast tried, but when you vanish Matt Damon for most of a movie…one has to wonder where the logic is at play. I’ve studied cinema for a very long time and this film almost seems to be a willing slap in the face to the basics of film grammar. So, how did it happen?

World War II allows for many stories about a great number of things to be told. That being said, you still have to maintain focus and produce something that is interesting. The efforts of a team of G.I.s to save mankind’s greatest art from the clutches of the German is quite intriguing. But, what we get are a bunch of old men fumbling around while trying to say something about the New World has saved the best of the old antiquities. Somewhere during the scripting progress, it feels like something was lost. The amazing plot is still there, but Clooney and Heslov both seem lost trying to execute it onscreen. Even with some of the greatest older film and television stars of today.

Saving art is a noble effort. This isn’t art. It’s a lazy attempt at a historical recreation at something that should never be forgotten. The disservice done in creating a lazy attempt at explaining lesser known history is something that Clooney shouldn’t have bungled. If anything, I put the fault at his forced attempts to come across as the patron saint of artistic moral endeavors. I don’t want to see Saints, Mister Clooney. I want facts. This film bungled both.

The DVD comes with featurettes as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty strong. The transfer is clean, but the Dolby 5.1 track doesn’t get a ton of big bombastic back channel support. Still, it’s pretty impressive for an unconventional warm film. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.

RELEASE DATE: 05/20/2014

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