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The Monuments Men (2013)Monuments Men is the type of film you are anxious to love. Its cast is… More Monuments Men is the type of film you are anxious to love. Its cast is impeccable, its premise teaming with potential, and its setting exciting. What we hope for is something enthralling, intense, and insightful regarding one of the more forgotten aspects of the War. Instead, we get a film that seems almost flippant with its material, cavalier in its execution, and lazy in its storytelling. It's sometimes fun, occasionally engaging, and sparsely thrilling, yet never consistent. Put simply, it's a letdown. The biggest indictment of Monuments Men is the underutilization of the cast. Featuring such greats as George Clooney, John Goodman, Matt Damon, and Bill Murray, the film has an immense amount of acting talent. Clooney's direction and script, however, scarcely give any character any room to breathe. The characterizations are shallow, everyone seems one-note. The way we are introduced to them feels gimmicky, the character arcs (what there is) feel forced. There's chemistry, to be sure, and the cast makes the film serviceable, yet the talent is never fully used. No one has an opportunity to show any dramatic depth, a huge fault of the script. The script specifically feels lazy. The way the scenes are set up are largely devoid of ingenuity. Things happen too quickly and too conveniently. This is best seen in the opening scene with George Clooney addressing FDR, an absurdly easy and hammy exposition. The story has no real sense of maturity or restraint, but continually feels the need to feed us tired plot devices. Nothing feels really organic to the story, but rather necessary notes for a predictable narrative. The direction is also quite poor as well, going from scene to scene in a rushed way, failing to build any real tension. The film's tone is also sporadic, ranging from lighthearted to melodramatic, and only occasionally achieving either. For all its faults, Monuments Men does deliver some entertaining moments, with a few impacting scenes. The film is thus watchable, and mostly enjoyable, although superficially so. The problem lies in its lack of any serious delivery, failing to live up to its full potential. 3/5 Stars
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