The Monuments Men
The Monuments Men is a film based on the true story of a small group of museum directors, curators and art historians, who are tasked with finding and protecting the masses of art stolen by the Nazi’s before it is destroyed or lost forever.
To do so, would see this team of barley trained men, going behind enemy lines, to put their lives on the line for stolen culture, history, art.
The film does seem a little schizophrenic, at times wanting to be a bit of a comedy, and then trying hard to be a serious drama. It drags on for almost two hours to a predictable end, and whilst the story is a fascinating one, the way The Monuments Men is presented, it’s not really entertaining.
However, the real issue I had with The Monuments Men is that as individual actors, I liked most of the main guys, but in a film such as this, they did not suit their roles. Rather than let the historical characters themselves shine through, we had the stars shining their own lights, and this took some of the gloss off an interesting historical oddity of World War II.
Whilst the race against time was part of the story, it should have never been the main point. What The Monuments Men misses out on is telling the story of these men who put their lives on the line to save the history of humanity.