Monuments Men review
Monday 3rd March 2014 @ 10:27 by Nigel Skinner
Film Reviews


Looking for a different take on World War Two? Well this might just be one to put on your ‘to see’ list this month.

The Monuments Men are a new WW2 platoon tasked to rescue art masterpieces from the Nazi’s and return them to their rightful owners.

Written, directed and starring the one and only George
Clooney. Lets see how this one stacks up.

Let me start this off by saying I’m not the biggest fan of the war film genre, I think its a tad overplayed, but this one is not simply a war film.

I enjoyed this film because it was different, something new. A World War Two story that has remained untold, until now that is.

Based on a book by Robert Edsel, it tells the true story of the men and women who gave their lives to save our cultural
heritage from Nazi tyranny.

George Clooney’s film is a little different, focusing on a small, unlikely group of troops that we all come to know and love.

The film tells a truly touching story but also one with an educational dimension. I think George Clooney has done a fine job on the story, making it a rather interesting watch.

Now, not to go back on my word, but this film does have its negative points, as do many films wrestling with the
prickly genre that is the war

My main grouse was the film’s length. I watch a lot of films and I am rarely bored, but this one just seemed to be too long.

Sadly, I feel this is an all too regular issue with many Hollywood A-list films (after all, you just can’t have too much of a good thing you know).

Having a huge budget of $70 million, this flick was bound to be over-hyped and as you may know I hate over-hyped films, (a good film is a good film,
irrespective of the hype) and this one sadly falls into that category.

But regardless of that, this movie has a fantastic story to tell!

Being set in 1943 means the set and costume departments had their work cut out creating an authentic war-torn Germany with all the trimmings and they have done a fantastic job, (just watch the trailer).

Authenticity plus the great story immerses you in the film, it’s just a little sad that you may nod off towards the end.

There’s a great cast that weave the story together well, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman to name just a few, are the characters that really do give this film an extra something and I think that if a little more attention had been given to the movie’s length then we might have had a real winner here.

Bad points aside this film is a really interesting watch, you may find yourself being
educated and entertained. Now that can’t be bad can it?

So, if you fancy popping down to your local Cineworld this week make sure you check
this one out because as I always say, don’t just take my word for it.

review by Fraser Cottrell