February 26, 2014

Movie Review: Monuments Men ***

The story of the men who recovered millions of pieces of priceless art from Hitler's grasp is an important one; a history lesson we should all know. George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Bob Belaban, Cate Blanchett, et al, are a pleasure to watch. All the elements are there for a great film, but unfortunately this one's not. It's good, just not great. The cute banter, the fantasy sequences (e.g. flying over Paris in a prop plane) dilute the impact of the story. But what spoils this film the most is the melodramatic score. Do directors decide on the score? I don't know, but I would think so since it's such an integral part of the whole. So, George Clooney, what the hell were you thinking?
The music is magical, it's inspirational, it's triumphant...in case you don't know what to feel and when, the music will tell you, and it destroys the impact of the very serious action on the screen. It made it feel like we were watching a Disney film. It drove me crazy.
Monuments Men would have been a much different film if the score had been less melodramatic.
Still, it managed to keep me engaged, and it moved me, Just not as much as it could have.
Three of five stars for Monuments Men.

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