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The Monuments Men - Film Review

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by Juran Hakim (subscribe)
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Published June 4th 2014
An insightful look into the many aspects of war, its implications and consequences. Directed by and starring George Clooney, alongside such actors as John Goodman, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett, The Monuments Men exceeds in talent and over achieves in narrative and dialogue.

Frank Stokes (George Clooney)

Claire Simone (Cate Blanchett)

The story takes place during WW2. Hitler's Nazi regime were fighting to establish their thousand year reich, as countries such as the U.S., Britain and France, among others, fought for their independence and indeed history.

Madonna of Bruges (Sculpture)

The art work, tapestry, statues, monuments etc, all form and speak volumes upon the history of a country. It is within this context where the film finds its plot.

A handful of men, an unlikely handful albeit, specialising in a specific field relating to art, masonry or architecture, set forth into the midst of war, to secure the lost or moreover, taken pieces of art, so as to restore history and give it its rightful place.

Brothers in arms...

The magic with The Monuments Men lies in its strong acting and script, although a very good film, I fear that it will be lost amongst the cacophony of past feature films and WW2 adaptations.

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