When I first heard about The Monuments Men I was very excited for it. This was a film that I was really highly anticipating. Then it get pushed back from Oscar contender season last year to February this year and I started to get nervous. Then reviews started coming in and I got even more nervous.
There are a lot of great things in this film, and I enjoyed a lot of it. However, as a complete piece it ultimately fails. That being said, I can tell that there was a real effort put forth and I respect that.
This movie is filled with a lot of great scenes that don’t work together. It jumps all over the place, and there’s no real focus. Not to mention, the “Act I” of this movie was more than an hour long. I was wondering how long it would take for the movie to actually start and it kind of never did.
Cate Blanchett (who I’m rooting for to win Best Actress for Blue Jasmine) was very good, but the character took a turn towards the end that I really didn’t like. If you care about this minor spoiler jump to the next paragraph. I really appreciated that Cate Blanchett’s character (who was the only female character) was a person that had a role and it had nothing to do with any kind of romantic interest or anything like that, and then at the end all of a sudden that’s what happened. I understand that it showed her learning to trust Matt Damon’s character, and who knows, maybe that’s just how it happened, but it disappointed me.
I don’t recommend The Monuments Men. That being said, I can at least tell that the filmmakers here cared. It missed the mark, and wasn’t just born out of a money-making scheme. If you’re going to go see a not-so-great movie, this would be a much better choice than a lot of garbage that exists for the sole purpose of making money.