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The Monuments Men Review

22 Feb

Howdy ladies and gents, I have returned again for another film review, yay! πŸ˜€ So after watching Her I checked out The Monuments Men, a film that had really caught my attention thanks to a good trailer and cool cast. The reviews for it after its release were pretty mixed, but I just had to have a look for myself. So how did it fare? Read on and find out!

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So the story of the film follows an allied group, the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program, tasked with finding and saving pieces of art and other culturally important items before their destruction by Hitler during World War II.

The premise for the film sounded great and I was hoping for something insightful, fun and dramatic, however what I got was a film set during war times with an unbalanced tone and a lack of engaging elements for around 60% of the film’s duration. I guess it also didn’t help that I nodded off a few times during the film, now to be fair to the film I went to be really late this morning. However the does take a while for it to get engaging as I found myself really irritable during the film wondering when something more interesting would happen. It wasn’t until the actual physical hut for the stolen art was in full-swing when the film got interesting.

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When it comes to the cast they were fine for the most part, but no one really did anything overly amazing, having said that there were a few people that stood out. Bill Murray as Sgt. Richard Campbell and John Goodman as Sgt. Walter Garfield were clearly the best people in this film. Their performances were good, funny and charismatic and they were the center of attention when they acted. Also I really liked Bob Balaban as Pvt. Preston Savitz, he was pretty funny. Everyone else was okay and not really bad or great, but I do want to highlight that Cate Blanchett as Claire Simone was beautiful, I mean Blanchett is beautiful all of the time, but in this film there is one point when she gets dolled up and she look INCREDIBLE. Nuff said. One thing I did love was the soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat, this man has scored some of my favourite films in recent years so it is no surprise that I actually liked this music in this film.

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In conclusion The Monuments Men was okay film, I had hope for so much more given the source material that was being used. The film just isn’t that interesting and suffers from an uneven tone of humour and drama. It is only thanks to the cast that the film isn’t a total failure. I do apologize if this review seems a little lacklustre however I don’t really have much to say about this film. I’m not actually gonna give this film a rating just because I don’t think I can in this case due to my indecisiveness and my lack of consciousness during a fair amount of the film too.

So what did you think of The Monuments Men? Have you seen or are you going to see it? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. πŸ™‚

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11 Comments

Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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11 responses to “The Monuments Men Review

  1. CMrok93

    February 22, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    The cast is mainly what makes this better to watch, even if it is obvious that the material they’re working with isn’t all that great to begin with. Good review.

     
    • Hypersonic55

      February 23, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks for commening man, and yeah you’re right. I read your review a few weeks ago and you hit teh nail on the head, I’m still really gutted about the way this turned out though.

       
  2. myreelpov

    February 23, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I totally agree with you, here I’m not writing a review because I can’t think of much to say about it. What a wasted cast and story though, it could have been a whole lot better. So many jokes missed the mark and scenes just cut before anything good happened. I enjoyed the group together, but unfortunately they weren’t given much to work with.

     
    • Hypersonic55

      February 23, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      I am glad that I wasn’t the only one who felt this way about the film. I felt so robbed, the cast and story had so much promise, but nothing happened and when it did there was next to no resolution for the actions that took place prior. Thanks for commenting yo πŸ™‚

       
      • myreelpov

        February 24, 2014 at 4:19 pm

        Well said πŸ™‚

         
  3. Tim The Film Guy

    February 23, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Where’s your score Curtis?

     
    • Hypersonic55

      February 23, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      I didn’t give it one, I decided to give the review as it was a hopefully have my words sum up my feelings on it. I couldn’t do a score considering how much of the film I missed while I was nodding off in the cinema and stuff.

       
      • Tim The Film Guy

        February 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm

        Well if you fell asleep, probably a bad score, unless you went sleep deprived πŸ˜€

         
      • Hypersonic55

        February 26, 2014 at 6:59 pm

        It was a bit of boredom and sleep deprivation. Since you’re curious about a rating I would probably give it a 5/10. I was just largely disappointed.

         
      • Tim The Film Guy

        March 3, 2014 at 4:41 pm

        Awe that’s the worst score in my opinion 😦

        It’s not good. It’s not even so bad it’s good πŸ˜€

         

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