05 Jan

The Monuments Men

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Grade: B+

The Monuments Men is an entertaining film based on a real life story. George Clooney directed the movie, co-wrote and co-produced it, and he stars as the leader of an unlikely group of older art experts who join the service in order to save some of Europe’s most precious pieces during World War II. Even though The Monuments Men is set during war time and and there are war scenes, there is also some humor, and wonderful relationships among the men in this motley crew. Cate Blanchett brings some elegance and gravitas to the group. Worth seeing.

  • Plot summary:  Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements. From director George Clooney, the film stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett. The screenplay is by George Clooney & Grant Heslov, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter. Produced by Grant Heslov and George Clooney.

    – Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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