It’s amazing that seventy years after World War II, stories from that conflict still have the capacity to surprise us. Not just stories full of battles and gunfire, but stories you couldn’t even dream of; stories like The Monuments Men. Based on the fantastic book of the same name by Robert Edsel, the film tells the story of a special unit that was tasked with trying to preserve the culture, art and history of the nations in which we were fighting. It’s a story so unbelievable it seems tailor-made for Hollywood, but it is unfortunately the weakest film of George Clooney’s directorial career thus far. Continue reading Movie Review: The Monuments Men (2014)
I finished reading The Monuments Men a few weeks ago and a few things have me worried going into the film that I thought was an absolute lock to be an early year hit. First, despite the lack of faith I’m beginning to have in it, the film is currently at 40% on Rotten Tomatoes. Second, from what I’ve seen of the trailers, the film is-by necessity-historically inaccurate (I’ll get into that when I review it). Third, only George Clooney’s character bears the name of one of the actual Monuments Men. The others are made-up characters or composites of several men. None of these damns the film, they just have me a little worried. Here’s the Super Bowl trailer for the film as well as a bonus clip, because I know by the time it airs, Broncos fans will be deep into their 12-pack and need something to cheer them up. The Monuments Men opens Friday, February 8, 2014.
A day after I swore that Monuments Men would end up in the Fall of 2014 so it could compete for Oscars, George Clooney announced his World War II picture will now open February 7, 2014. Clooney apparently doesn’t really care that no picture, no matter how good, gets Oscars opening before June. He just wanted to put out the best movie he could. Tip of the cap, George.
This will have a huge impact on the Oscars for both 2013 and 2014. The Monuments Men has been moved to an undetermined date in 2014 because, according to the LA Times, George Clooney simply didn’t have enough time to finish the picture to his standards to make the scheduled December 18th release date.
The World War II drama based on a true story of a unit who worked behind enemy lines to save precious works of art from destruction WAS the odds-on favorite to win Best Picture when betting opened in Vegas at the beginning of the year. I have no doubt that when they say “undetermined” date in 2014, they’re not talking a few months. This is an Oscar picture. This will get set back to next fall (possibly late summer so it doesn’t conflict with Clooney’s big 2014 holiday film, Tomorrowland) so it’s extremely disappointing to think we’re not going to get this right away. It does continue to build my opinion of George Clooney as a film maker more interested in quality than anything else.
Don’t be fooled be angry eyes here. Monuments Men removed from the 2013 Oscars is great news for Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorcese and his finance drama The Wolf of Wall Street, originally thought to be moving to 2014, now set for Christmas Day.
This is also great news for Gravity and Captain Phillips, which have to be the Best Picture favorites thus far in an extremely weak year for films. We’re just getting into Oscar season, but The Monuments Men was a major piece of the puzzle. It actually might do even better in 2014 where, aside from Chris Nolan’s Interstellar, the fall looks like a barren wasteland.
I have the book this movie is based on and I need to get on it, but this just looks like another winner for pay us back late in the year for the miserable summer. The Monuments Men stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and John Goodman. Official synopsis below and The Monuments Men will open December 13, 2013.
The true action-thriller focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.