The Monuments Men (2014)

This movie has The Great Flaw. The Director, Writer, Producer, and Star are all the same guy. That guy is George Clooney, and it's almost never a good idea to have someone that personally invested in the movie. Inevitably, something will wind up suffering as a result of someone trying to multitask too much.

This movie suffers from a lack of enthusiasm. Specifically, it lacked MY enthusiasm. This movie is the fictionalized true story of a bunch of guys whose job it was to try to save art and monuments that the Nazis were either stealing or destroying toward the end of the war. The problem is that they didn't successfully make the case that it was worth it. I like art as much as the next guy, and I understand the importance of art to history, but they need to make a better argument for risking lives for the sake of saving paintings. 

I'm not going to say much about the acting of the people involved. Some were better than others. But Bill Murray was unexpected in this movie, and he was fantastic. Everyone else did an okay job, but their characters were bland and uninspired. It's probable that they just didn't have well-written roles, and it's possible that the whole thing just kind of sucked.

I take that back. I'm being too harsh. It didn't suck so much as it just wasn't interesting. Even the big wins that the characters celebrated were anticlimactic. Statues are nice, but do you know how many have been destroyed in wars before? Turns out, we (as a species) survived without them. Art is important to a society, but it is not something most people would think about during a war - and this script never got the importance of refocusing across to the viewers.

Directing was mediocre
Acting was good
Effects were very good
Story was not good
Dialogue was bad



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