Plot: (via IMDb) An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners
The Monuments Men is an odd, schmaltzy mix that had an interesting premise but fell through the second it really started moving. It achieved one thing and that was to show that a stellar cast is but one of the factors required making a movie successful.
More often than not it isn’t clear if the characters are smirking or if they are defiant against the Nazis. George Clooney oozes buckets of charm but manages to look like he actually gives a shit about the men or the art. Absolutely no insight was given on whether these soldiers fought with their decision to leave their families, most were like, “yeah, and why not?” vibe about them joining such a dangerous task.
George never lets you forget that if you take away the culture you take away the people, and that is something I really believe in. The story never really focuses on the culture or the people and doesn’t convince the audience to accompany them on a wild journey.
I found it way too campy to address the Nazis – what Hitler did will always remain a “too soon” topic for any type of comedic representation on screen. It is awfully upbeat and campy with the camaraderie not pulling the movie to the appropriate level of brotherhood. There is a lot of war propaganda flowing out of that movie and smacks of political ideology that I don’t appreciate for a second.
The only good thing in here is Cate Blanchett. Her accent might slip here and there but her cold distrust and cool nature is very well done. I also like Matt Damon so that made the scenes he was in more bearable. The romantic subplot between these two confused me to no end – what exactly is the point of it and the execution even seemed pointless. Romance wasn’t a necessary aspect to this film and seems unnecessary.
The big problem with MM is that you can’t take such a mammoth task and fit it into one movie of two hours. It won’t work. I think it could have made an amazing series, but this whole involvement with George Clooney left me quite dissatisfied!