THE MONUMENTS MEN is based on the true story
of an unlikely
group of soldiers in the final days of World War II were given the task of
finding and rescuing stolen art masterpieces from the Nazis who stole
them. They soon find themselves in a
race against time before the Germans carry out their orders to destroy the
priceless art as the Monuments Men led by Frank Stokes (George Clooney) search
for the stolen Madonna and Child, and the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (by Van
Eyck). The cast includes Matt Damon,
John Goodman, Bill Murray, and Cate Blanchett.
It is a fun World War 2 film that focuses on the other side of the war
as you see the efforts of a few trying to save the stolen art so future
generations in those countries could enjoy it once the war was over. George Clooney
has crafted a movie that I could watch again and even watch a few moments in
passing while channel surfing. I loved the
chemistry between the members of the Monuments Men and the time that Matt Damon’s
character took to get Claire to trust him so they could find where the Nazis
had moved the stolen art to.
Two deleted scenes which are only on the blu-ray
cut for pacing reasons.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS- Hear from the real Monuments
Ettinger, James A. Reeds, William Kelly, and Anne Oliver Bow- a unit that
started with a dozen people and grew to 354
GEORGE CLOONEY’S MISSION (Blu-ray)- all
about George Clooney’s
approach to directing and acting in the movie in addition to how they shot so
quickly due to lots of preplanning (and George figuring out the shots he wanted
to shoot instead of doing lots of coverage).
MARSHALLING THE TROOPS- a fetaurette on the cast
of the movie
A WOMAN AMONGST MOUNMENTS MEN (Blu-ray)- focus
Valland, the woman that Claire (Cate Blanchett) was based on.
Previews for other releases from Sony Pictures
Entertainment including POMPEII, A FIGHTING MAN, STALINGRAD, and GAMBIT
MONUMENTS MEN is an enjoyable World War 2 movie with great character chemistry
that showed what also was at stake as a group of men were trying to recover art
stolen by the Nazis.
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