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The Clooney Platoon Director, star, producer & writer brings true WWII tale to life


The Clooney Platoon Director, star, producer & writer brings true WWII tale to life


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Neil Pond
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The Monuments Men
Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray & Cate Blanchett
Directed by George Clooney
PG-13, 118 min.

This tale of WWII treasure hunters is “monumental” in more ways than one for George Clooney. As the star, director, writer and producer, he’ll take the bows if it flies--or the boos if it flops. And he’s obviously big on the story, based on a 2009 nonfiction book of the same name by Robert Edsel and Bret Witter.

Historically, the Monuments Men were a group of artists, art historians and museum curators commissioned by the American and British armies during World War II to help protect historic monuments of Europe from Allied bombing. After the war, they fanned out on a five-year mission to recover, catalogue and return millions of precious artifacts--paintings, sculptures, tapestries and religious relics--that had been stolen by the Nazis.

The movie takes a few creative liberties with the facts and timeline, but it’s mostly true, and the characters are mostly based on, or inspired by, real people. Clooney and his cast mates (Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and Jean Dujardin) make a fine-looking international ensemble, even if sometimes the movie’s star power, combined with overly familiar war-movie scenes, sometimes feels like “Oceans 11” plus “Saving Private Ryan” divided by “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

And ironically, in the midst of its “bigness,” so much of the movie seems small. Its series of disjointed, scattered moments never really come together into a larger, dramatic whole; the humor is flat, the emotion sappy and the drama tepid; and although the Monuments Men are supposed to be on the war’s front lines, they rarely seem to be, or behave like, they’re in real danger.

“The Monuments Men” isn’t going to win any awards, but it does shine a high-profile Hollywood light on a little-known chapter of history--and a fact of wartime looting and cultural pillaging that still happens today.

“Was it worth it?” Clooney’s character is asked at the end of the movie. Thirty years from now, his superiors wonder, will people remember all that went into recovering some 5 million pieces of European civilization?

Thanks to George Clooney’s big, ambitious movie, perhaps now they--we--will. It’s just too bad that, given such a great group of actors and such a monumental story, it doesn’t do so much more.
 


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