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July 4, 2014

Saturday Night at the Movies #118 – Monuments Men

Filed under: Movie reviews — Mike Kueber @ 4:10 am

Monuments Men (2014) is about a team of men tasked with retrieving some works of art at the end of WWII before Hitler’s people destroy the art.  Although the movie is based on a true story and although two of the rescuers are killed, there is a palpable absence of drama associated with the stars – George Clooney and Matt Damon.

The central question during the movie is whether men should be risking their lives to save works of art, and that question is never resolved to my satisfaction.  Surely, men in ordinary times often risk their lives to preserve law & order and to secure justice, but in the context of war, I think our entire focus should be on winning the war instead of saving art.


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