“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.


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.