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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Movie Review: The Monuments Men!

02.12.2014 – The Monuments Men tasked to save stolen artwork like paintings, statues, and anything work of art stolen by the Nazis featured a cast of talented actors. It was co-written, produced and directed by George Clooney.

Set in World War II the Monuments Man was composed of 7 individuals sent by the US government to save these historical artworks, which sore are owned by the Jewish people. It is based from a book by Robert M. Edsel…

The Monuments Men is an interesting group of characters composed of museum directors, curators and art historians tasked with entering Germany along with the Allied Forces to rescue artworks plundered by the Nazis, which is the premise of the film. Within that story each of the individuals has its own stories to tell, and little of its individual background but it shares some light comedy.


George Clooney co-writes, produces and directed the film and leads an ensemble cast as Lt. Frank Stokes, that have Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Bob Balaban, Dimitri Leonidas, Jean Dujardin, and Hugh Boneville. Along for the ride is Matt Damon portraying Lt. James Granger.

Among the talents Cate Blanchett is notable with her performance. She definitely had great timing and wit in this film as the French woman Claire Simon. Though not to give out details of her character she was definitely the girl among the boys.


The costumes are authentic down to detail as the cast being dressed up to that time period and the visuals definitely did justice in the film. You get a mix of point of views what’s happening during the war that has a character of its own, which makes this film interesting down to its details.

World War II was one of the difficult eras of human history and a task to save stolen art is like looking for a needle in a haystack. That particular time period was black and white that is rarely told in cinemas in color, but definitely gives you a perspective how the Monuments Men survived toward the end of this war while trying to recover the missing art pieces.

Overall the actors’ performances are top notch and there’s not a dull moment with each character. But Miss Blanchett outdid herself once again and certainly everyone saw the attitude of her character. Story-wise there was this part you’ll have difficulty grasping for hope that these art pieces would be found.

There was this part that you feel lost in the story where this will go, but at the same time getting to know each character as how they go through with the search. The Monuments Men have its eyes on every bit performance of the actors that made this an interesting film which keep you in company with them while not getting lost.

Rated 7 out 10 for having an ensemble cast with such great performance. The Monuments Men now in Philippine cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox!

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