KATIE PICKRELL//TARA O’GORMAN
Written, directed and starred in by George Clooney, “Monument’s Men” managed to portray the untold side of WWII with emotion and amusement.
Though most throwback war movies seem to bore the audience, the slight relations made between the audience and the characters added just enough to “The Monument’s Men” to make the movie a must-see.
As the film opens up, Frank Stokes (played by George Clooney) is wriling up a team of art-collectors to protect the stolen precious pieces from Nazi Germany in WWII.
The movie kicks off slow, but in the end it is a real thriller.
The cast truly made the movie to be what it was; the crew was composed of Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and Hugh Bonneville.
“The Monument’s Men” takes the viewer on an emotional roller coaster between the horrors of war and the joys and triumphs that accompany them.
The story enabled the audience to see that even the men with the seemingly least important roles, such as protecting art, were still soldiers actively fighting in the war.
These men were true heroes in preserving history through art.
At many times in the film, death is prominent and the downfalls of combat are apparent, but aside from the drama portion of the movie, Murray, Goodman and Balaban managed to provide the usual usual comedy which was a huge contributor.
The love-hate relationships formed between characters entertained the audience and showed what good came from the war. The characters created a bond throughout the movie which made the movie more emotional.
Clooney’s insightful movie represented the importance of art and culture in times of disunity and war.
The pieces of work the monument men attempt to save are more than just paintings and sculptures, they are the outcome of many people’s lives.
“The Monument’s Men” created an uncertainty bond with art that pursued the characters to fight when needed and strategize when the missing art was in danger.
Though the movie may have started slow, the originality of the film makes it worth the money and time. This movie highlights the part of WWII that most would have never known which makes it quite original.
All in all, I would say that “The Monument’s Men” deserves at least a four-of-five rating.