The Monuments Men
An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, War
Director: George Clooney
Writer: George Clooney (screenplay), Grant Heslov (screenplay), Robert M. Edsel (book), Bret Witter (book)
Actors: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett
Release Year: 2014
Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”
This is a noble attempt to honor the real MFAA program. It's an old-fashioned movie with unironic sentimentality and clear good guys fighting clear bad guys over a principle. But it never quite takes off dramatically, perhaps because the story is just too big to tell in two hours and we feel like we're getting the Cliff Notes version. The main characters are so thinly sketched that most have no distinct personality; the movie casts actors with known personas like Bill Murray and John Goodman in hopes that they would bring these plain characters to life just by being on camera, but it doesn't work. The movie is like the field rations eaten by the soldiers: It's healthy for you, but it has no flavor.
Erik Bates: “It was ok.”
I agree with Scott's review, but would also like to add: Matt Damon lately just seems like he's doing a George Clooney impression in every film he makes, and when he's in a movie with Clooney, I feel like I'm watching a father/son acting team.
Scott Hardie: Good point. I never noticed that before but now I definitely see it.
I would pay good money to see Matt Damon re-enact every scene featuring his puppet in Team America: World Police. "Matt Da-mon!" − January 1, 2015 more by Scott
Samir Mehta: “It was ok.”
This is where the ternary system runs into problems. I don't think "It ruled" but I think I liked this much more than Scott. I liked the "throwback" style a lot - in fact, that was worth a lot to me, on its own terms.
Erik Bates: I'm with you, Samir. This one fell somewhere between "OK" and "Ruled." − August 6, 2014 more by Erik
Scott Hardie: How funny, Samir: You liked The Monuments Men more than me, but it made my top ten list and not yours. I am now envious of you having seen ten movies good enough to fill up your list. − January 1, 2015 more by Scott