Monuments Men

Date posted - February 10, 2014

Monuments Men

Actors: George Clooney (Ocean’s 11, The Descendants)
Matt Damon (Bourne Identity, Ocean’s 11)
Bill Murray (Lost in Translation, Ghostbusters)
John Goodman (Monsters Inc., Trouble with the Curve)

Director: George Clooney (The Ides of March, Good Night and Good Luck)

An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

George Clooney goes on on quadruple duty again as a producer, writer, director, and actor for yet another movie. The movie is light and filled with subtle humor throughout. The passion shown by the actors about the pieces of art they are trying to save is astounding and really gives you an understanding on why art is so important to everyone, even the people who aren’t artistic. As Hitler tries to destroy every last bit of art to erase the very existence of the Jews, the question given throughout the whole movie is, are the works of art important enough to risk the lives of men compared to the entire war effort to stop the Nazis and Hitler?

The tone of the movie does change quite often from light and playful to a little melancholy throughout the movie, but like all war movies, it shows that wars are still a emotionally draining and can really take a toll on who you are as a person.

Under the direction of Clooney, the movie does jump around quite often. When you are getting a feel for a character, it jumps to another for a few minutes and then another, and somewhat hampers the movie. All that being said though, there is just too much to work with and the only way to get all that in without making it a 4 hour movie, Clooney does the best he can.

If you’re a fan of art, World War II, or of Clooney’s work, this movie is for you.

I give it 7 out of 10 popcorns

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Rated PG-13 for some images of war violence and historical smoking

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Justin Hellinga is the KIWA computer tech, weekend announcer, and has been at the station since September of 2013. He has been into movies for his whole life, and he’s not going to tell you whether a movie is bad or good, he’s just going to recommend the type of people who should go see the movie. Each week Justin will bring you a new movie review of the biggest movie of the week.

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