Film: The Monuments Men

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Title: The Monuments Men
By: Columbia Pictures
Seen on: February 19

I went to the cinema to see 12 Years A Slave, and got The Monuments Men instead. I had skipped seeing this a few days earlier, so it was nice to get the opportunity, but I really wanted 12 Years A Slave. Maybe that is why I couldn’t really get excited about it, but I also think it is just not much beyond entertaining.

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Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fun film! It’s funny at times, has an unusual story, and great actors. I just wasn’t gripped by it. It’s funny, but not funny enough. It’s a good story, but not good enough to make up for the not-quite-funny jokes and moments. The acting is great, but with a larger ensemble, each of the characters are not getting enough time on screen to be really compelling. It just missed the mark by a few inches.

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The story is interesting enough. Based on true events, a small group of soldiers join the war in 1944 to try and save and return famous and valuable artwork stolen by the Nazis. It’s a merry band of characters and they get into all sorts of shenanigans, but it never really takes off. The serious moments are jarring and not powerful enough to really hit home, but I did get what it was meant to do. Unfortunately it just didn’t do it.

It was basically Ocean’s Eleven during WW2, but the main characters were the good guys instead of the bad guys. Entertaining, but nothing earth-shattering or mind-blowing.

Rating: 5/10

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