GEoRGE Clooney takes a band of brothers to Europe to liberate some art masterpieces from a dastardly villain. sounds like an Ocean’s Eleven sequel, doesn’t it? Well, the only similarity The Monuments Men has with that hit caper franchise is the fact that it stars Clooney and his friends.
Directed by Clooney himself, the film is based on the book of the same name by Robert M. Edsel, which in turn is based on the true story of the Monuments, fine Arts and Archives programme, a band of Allied soldiers in WWII tasked to find the countless, priceless pieces of art and culturally-significant artefacts stolen by the nazis, and making sure they survive the war.
These seven “soldiers” (they’re actually museum directors, curators and art historians) – lt frank stoke (Clooney), lt James Granger (Matt Damon), sgt Richard Campbell (Bill Murray), sgt Walter Garfield (John Goodman), lt Jean Claude Clermont (Jean Dujardin), pvt preston savitz (Bob Balaban), and lt Donald Jeffries (Hugh Bonneville) – have to race against time to save these artworks before Hitler destroys them all or they fall into the hands of the Russians.
This marketing for this movie painted the pretty picture (pardon the pun) of an ensemble