The Monuments Men [Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)
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Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, THE MONUMENTS MEN centers around an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. In a seemingly impossible mission, the Monuments Men, as they were called, find themselves risking their lives in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture.
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Yes, the evil Hitler was taking art out of the hands of private collectors and was going to place it in a public museum. In order to create an adrenalin rush our group finds a decree signed by Hitler to destroy all art should Germany fall and BTW the Russians were carefully taking the art as spoils of war.
The film had some mild moments of humor, drama, and some heartfelt scenes, most made possible by the soundtrack. The worst case scenario would be the art would all be destroyed and we would now have more engineers and less scholars on European Art History.
An interesting film that was done well, but it wasn't really a war film, action film, or a gripping drama.
Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Cate Blanchett asking Matt Damon to bring his potted meat.
I'm still not sure if that was a good decision.
The movie is based on a true story, and tells the tale of how a small group of men were charged with the task of recovering artwork stolen by the Nazi's during World War II. I'm tired of stories about Nazi's, but I have a lot of respect for people who fought and still fight for our freedom. Art should be for everyone and I had not heard this story before, so I have to admit that I had high hopes for the movie.
Nobody from the talented cast dominated the story. This was a true ensemble piece with screen time being shared. We are shown a recruiting stage, a planning stage, and then the attempted execution of those plans. Unfortunately, the drama doesn't really build in an effective way. In fact, I'm not certain what the movie was trying to be. There were frequent moments of comedy, interspersed with mystery, brief action, and adventure elements. With all of these important works of art at stake, I somehow failed to be completely invested in the story.
It's hard to pinpoint why it fell flat for me. I rather enjoyed the performances of the principal actors, but I didn't feel much tension during the search, or triumph when works of art were recovered.
The closing credits showed photographs of the real heroes who were involved in the mission 70 years ago.Read more ›
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Excellent film! Très divertissant et basé sur des faits historiques... Une brochette de bons acteurs impressionnante!!! Read morePublished 15 days ago by Big Ray
The book is a slow read. The DVD is a bit glamorized, but much easier to get excited about!!Published 1 month ago by Max
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