The heist isn’t thrilling, the jokes aren’t funny, the drama isn’t moving and the full movie is way to long long. The Monuments Men I sympathize with Clooney. Especially his movies which i always enjoyed watching online. An actor turned director, George Clooney draws a lot from current generation, my generation directors, which I can see. And hence also regret. Take just the Coen Brothers, for instance. And specifically their projects hovering around their obsession of nailing down the best comic movie to free download. That is not to say, in any way that they aren’t good. It’s just that compared to their dramatic ventures, these ones feels outdated and short handed on possibly everything. And Clooney coming from that same field, grows his fruits with those same expectations and instead fails more miserably than they ever do. Comedy of errors is the genre it is often mentioned under, and error it comes out.
And the theory of passing the artistic skills like materialistic possession comes alive in this HD film like no other. Another fine example is the electrifying resemblance between Clint Eastwood’s The Bridges Of Madison County and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born. Now, Clooney’s latest exploration resembles eerily with his own collaboration in Steven Soderberg’s Ocean’s Trilogy. But what it is subtexted- not actually!- is a pretty loud metaphor that they, now that I think- shouldn’t have mentioned to keep it nuanced. Instead to reach a higher level, the film wishes to have Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds like narration. Remember that sweat inducing conversations that marked a whole new scale on the “close call” term. But no one can do it like Tarantino does. Clooney gets a nod from us for his attempts and that is it. The Monuments Men is everything a guy at the stage and state of his career like Clooney, could pull off. And that is good, he and his fellow actors live by the big name they come with, the material though, ironically, lacks art.
Boring! I kept wanting to re-direct the movie, and I rarely even think about things like "direction" when I watch a film. They started with an interesting story and a great cast, but lost it in an army camp somewhere. The storyline just flatlined. The whole thing was a disorganized mess. When the men finally found some art, we were glad, because it meant the end of the movie was near.
User 2 Review:
9/14/16 I just watched this 2 nights ago, but these reviews need to be done immediately because I already forget my major comments about the film. The story is quit interesting, because it is true, but the film lacks some authenticity. Why in the world does the museum woman who has all this info on what the Nazis did with the art withhold that info? It is pretty obvious that it is done to add drama. It is also difficult to follow where the men are and what the objective of each group is. At one point, they are wandering around an abandoned city, then they are being shot at. Again, I think that was added for dramatic effect. I liked it, but it was hard to tell what they were doing and it was hard to tell when they were successful (or why it was successful)
User 3 Review:
Why did George Clooney make this as a movie instead of as a six-part mini-series? There are too many stories and too many characters to fit neatly into a two hour movie. Each one of those sub-plots warranted a better treatment. And the movie is heavy-handed: it lacks dramatic tension, is choppy between the vignettes, and is over-laden with political-emotional messages.