While I wish them all possible happiness, for me, The Monuments Men and One Fine Day will have to do; I don’t think my stomach is up to Gravity https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/07/13/gravity-vs-supermoon-whoever-wins-we-lose/
The Monuments Men painted a whole other picture of World War II. Of course, watching it I thinking of Jon Stewart’s interview with Clooney which deteriorated rapidly until they were discussing how if only Hitler had gotten into art school WWII might never have happened, and how it was probably the interview portion that kept him out of art school…and then things got ugly funny. Still Life! But I digress.
Clooney has a wide range when it comes to his acting and directing. He’s gone from The Facts of Life to ER to a huge movie career. Known for his sense of humour and passionate activism, he’s obviously swoon-worthy, especially his smile, fully crinkled at the corners of his eyes, yet I’m always a little disappointed when these activist stars live in huge houses and throw lavish events; not good for the environment and waste a lot of money. Just seems like a weird disconnect.
Based on a true story, a film like The Monuments Men can easily come across as propaganda. Like the book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel it has some historical inaccuracies, including not being clear that there were over a dozen nations involved in the MFAA (Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program), some military facts, and that there were many Monuments Women, not just men. While The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC took the lead, many, working together saved millions of stolen treasures.
Struggling to fight a war and free countries from horror and tyranny, these people go into the fight to save art. Huh? Why would art count? Here’s the paradox, it does. Art, literature, music, architecture, culture – these inspire, they make us understand that life isn’t just about shelter, food, procreating; even cave dwellers expressed themselves through drawing because it’s not enough to be, we have to express that we were.
Despots work at taking away people’s history, their dreams, their excellence because they know it breaks their spirit. Tyrants know that to rule they must subjugate, and the best way to do that is to take what matters to people, their freedom, their hope, and their dreams.Brilliant cast, fun to see Clooney with John Goodman (both in Roseanne) and Hugh Bonneville – in case you haven’t heard, Clooney is going to make a guest appearance in the Series 5 charity Christmas special of Downton Abbey where he will play a handsome American businessman who has a moment with Maggie Smith…lucky Mags. I particularly enjoyed Bill Murray and Bob Balaban, but I didn’t feel we got to know the characters well and the pace of the movie seemed at times jagged. Written by George Clooney (who also directed) and Grant Heslov I would have enjoyed this more as a TV series or miniseries where we could have focused per episode on the characters as they went their separate ways to search for the stolen treasures.
This movie reminds us how quickly what we have and what we are can be taken, not just by war, but by greed, lust for power, neglect, acceptance, compliance, inattention, and mostly, taking it for granted.