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Bettie's Box Office:The Monuments Men Review
Updated: Friday, February 14 2014, 05:15 AM CST
The Monuments Men is all about the art of war, and getting it back.
The film is based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history. While Hitler was sweeping across Europe, he was also sweeping up countless, priceless art objects from churches, museums and private collectors. Back in the U.S, a rag-tag team of curators, historians and architects made it their mission to track down the treasures before they were lost forever.
The squad has an all-star cast, including George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and John Goodman. Each feels perfectly right for their role.
Even with all that talent (and Clooney in the director's chair), the movie gets off to a slow and clumsy start. The good news is that it finds its footing about one-third of the way in and turns into a good, but not great, war movie.
The strongest thing that The Monument's Men has going for it is that it's one of those "based-on-a-true-story" movies. You're engaged because at its core it's an interesting story about how Hitler's evil was matched by his greed and that some recognized the value of the culture that he was out to steal or destroy.
Using the Bettie's Box Office rating system, The Monuments Men would make a good matinee movie or an even better DVD rental. It opens on Friday, February 7 and is rated PG-13 for some images of war violence and historical smoking.