“The Monuments Men”

MOVIES 2 Star

Rated PG-13
2 hours
George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray

Now we know why Hollywood refused to release “The Monuments Men” as planned at the end of last year. They realized this fair to middling war movie would have been blown away by all of the best picture Oscar nominees.

“The Monuments Men” tells the true story of how a world War two team of art experts tracked down priceless treasures looted by the Nazis.

George Clooney’s crusade yields more artwork than entertainment. Clooney also directed this only occasionally exciting war film. Clooney went out of his way trying to convince the audience of the importance of their noble mission behind enemy lines.

Unlike the picture’s supposedly uplifting premise, “The Monuments Men” curiously comes across flat and uninspiring, much like a routine war movie, which this film hardly ever rises above.

As the all star cast trek their way across Europe retrieving the stolen paintings and statues. Instead of getting us all stirred up and working on our emotions, “The Monuments Men” is just too laid back with hardly any dramatic Impact.

Hardly enough to earn its stripes, with only two stars. “The Monuments Men” is a long way from becoming a silver screen treasure.

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