The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men

George Clooney (2013)

113min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
Presented as an affectionate Second World War mission caper movie in the Dirty Dozen mould, The Monuments Men didn't need to be a work of art, but it still proves a monumental disappointment. That its remarkable premise - a 1945 Allied "treasure hunt" for millions of paintings and sculptures stolen by the Nazis - is true proves an intractable problem for co-writers George Clooney (who also directs and stars as the avuncular team leader) and Grant Heslov, whose respectfully dry fidelity to the facts neutralises the chance of any rip-roaring entertainment. A terrific cast - John Goodman, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville - are all equally underused in superficially etched roles, while the directorial precision shown in Good Night, and Good Luck deserts Clooney here. A token romantic subplot involving family man Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett's amorous curator fizzles to nothing, and the film plods from leadenly comic vignette (a French village dentist wielding a mallet) to jarringly serious interlude (the gruesome discovery of a barrel full of gold fillings) without ever cohering into a satisfying whole.

Summary

Seven experts in fine art are assembled into a military platoon during the Second World War, and given an unusual mission. They are sent into occupied Europe to recover priceless works of art that have fallen into Nazi hands and ensure the masterpieces survive the conflict. Fact-based drama, directed by and starring George Clooney. With Matt Damon, Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett.

Cast & Crew

Frank Stokes George Clooney
James Granger Matt Damon
Richard Campbell Bill Murray
Claire Simone Cate Blanchett
Walter Garfield John Goodman
Jean Claude Clermont Jean Dujardin
Donald Jeffries Hugh Bonneville
Preston Savitz Bob Balaban
Director George Clooney
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Feb 2014
Drama