Monuments Men is a perfect example of a movie I would of never seen if I listened to critics. George Clooney’s (Ides of March) latest direction was supposed to come out last year in time for the Oscar race, but dealt with some issues causing it to be moved to a dreaded February release date. I believe that critics were expecting an academy award quality movie with a sad World War II undertone, but all they got was a solid, lighthearted, World War II comedy with an A-list cast.
God-forbid a World War II movie isn’t depressing and has a happy ending. People always complain about directors not trying to do something new, well if the status quo is dismal and loneliness when it comes to war movies, isn’t a comedic story about the relationships that develop between the group of men and women passionate about art the exact opposite?
Matt Damon (Elysium), Bill Murray (Moonrise Kingdom), John Goodman (Inside Llewyn Davis), Jean Dujardin (The Wolf of Wall Street), Bob Balaban (Howl) and George Clooney (Gravity) star as the group of art protectors who’s age provides a lot of entertainment with their basic training. Kate Blanchet (Blue Jasmine) is coming off an almost sure Oscar win with another great performance portraying a middle-aged french woman who falls for Matt Damon’s character.
There is too much talent in this movie to not give it a chance. Yes, the stakes seem to be somewhat low, but the emotion of war does come out in a couple holiday themed scenes.
By: Jonny Havey | Editor-in-Chief