RU? Instant Reaction Review Podcast Ep. 93 – The Monuments Men Review

The Monuments Men is one that we’ve been looking forward to for quite a while, and I was actually among those very few people who cared at all when it was moved to 2014. Of course, it turns out now that it didn’t really matter, because it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be, but it was still pretty fun, and it was worth seeing the scenes that are really done amazingly well.

George Clooney knows how to put a movie together, and that translates into a film having a bottom threshold, so I don’t think anyone is going to be too disappointed. That said, it should have been better. It should have had a bit more work done on the script in order to sell the characters, and put the progression together, as opposed to be so focused on just getting the story out at all.

As we went through the film, it seemed like most of what we had to say was, “If only this part…,” or, “If only this character…,” and that wasn’t where either of us expected to be by the end of this one.

But, as I said, there is a lot that’s good, and I predict most people are going to like it – assuming they showed up for this one at all – and that’s mostly a result of the cast. Whether it’s Goodman, Murray, Balaban, or anyone else, they all get their moments, and they mostly nail them, creating some pretty powerful moments.

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(l to r) Sam Epstein, George Clooney, John Goodman, Bob Balaban and Matt Damon in Columbia Pictures' THE MONUMENTS MEN.

(l to r) Sam Epstein, George Clooney, John Goodman, Bob Balaban and Matt Damon in Columbia Pictures’ THE MONUMENTS MEN.

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Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

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