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Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Monuments Men by George Clooney, 2014 (PG-13)

with George Clooney (Gravity, The Descendants, Out of Sight, Up in the Air, Michael Clayton, Ocean's Thirteen), Matt Damon (Ocean's Thirteen, Behind the Candelabra, Invictus, Margaret, True Grit, We Brought a Zoo, The Informant!, Herafter, Inside Job, The Adjustment Bureau, Promised Land, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Contagion), Bill Murray, John Goodman (Monsters University, The Artist, Flight, The Princess and the Frog, Trouble with the Curve, Argo, The Emperor's New Groove (Kuzco), You Don't Know Jack), Jean Dujardin (The Wolf of Wall Street, The Artist, Little White Lies - Les Petits Mouchoirs), Bob Balaban (Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, Deconstructing Harry), Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, Bandits), Dimitri Leonidas, Justus VonDohnanyi, Holger Handtke, Michael Hofland, Zachary Baharov

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, the film is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements.

Sometimes, a movie is just really good, because of the actors, the direction, the cinematography, the script... It doesn't necessarily gets a lot of attention, tho important, or funny, or both... This one is one of them. It is familiar, the cast looks like they had a good time, and so do you. Perhaps, this is the main goal of a movie, getting into it and having a good time. Additionally, this one highlights how so much of the art was looted during WW2 and later found in an attempt to return them. Fascinating.

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