“The Monuments Men” – Review

monuments_men_xlrgDirector: George Clooney
Writers: George Clooney & Grant Heslov; based on the non-fiction book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter
Cast: George Clooney as Frank Stokes, Matt Damon as James Granger, Bill Murray as Richard Campbell, Cate Blanchett as Claire Simone, John Goodman as Walter Garfield, Jean Dujardin as Jean-Claude Clermont, Hugh Bonneville as Donald Jeffries, Bob Balaban as Preston Savitz, Dimitri Leonidas as Sam Epstein
Rated PG-13
Running time: 1 hour 58 minutes
IMDB page: www.imdb.com/title/tt2177771/
Plot: In the final months of World War II, a group of art experts attempt to retrieve and protect priceless works stolen by the Nazis.

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The Monuments Men occupies an odd space in the continuum of World War II movies. With its old-fashioned style and combination of humor and drama, it’s exactly halfway between Saving Private Ryan and Hogan’s Heroes.

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Oscar Nominations – Best Actor

The List:

  • Demian Bichir – A Better Life
  • George Clooney – The Descendants
  • Jean Dujardin – The Artist
  • Gary Oldman – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  • Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Hooray for:

Bichir, another surprising performance in a little-seen movie.  He’s not just the hot guy from Weeds anymore!

Where the hell is:

  • Michael Fassbender in either Shame or A Dangerous Method (he probably canceled himself out)
  • Ryan Gosling in The Ides of March or Drive (ditto)
  • Ralph Fiennes for Coriolanus (again, not letting go of that one)
  • Daniel Craig for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the guy never gets enough credit)

Instead of:

Oldman’s restraint in Tinker, Tailor is admirable, but there’s not much to the role, really

My prediction:

Clooney has been cleaning up, and probably will again (deservedly so – it’s his best work). Keep an eye on Dujardin, though.