A Monumental Story

St. Scholastica's Student Newspaper
The Cable
By: Jordyn Kirk - Student Journalist -
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George Clooney has a new film that hit theaters Friday, February 7th and is inspired by a true story, Monuments Men. The film takes place during the end of the Nazi rein in Europe, after many people had been sent off to concentration camps. Hitler had ordered the construction of a museum in his honor, so the Nazis began stealing art in much the same way as they stole people out of their homes, except they took a great more care in the safekeeping of the art. The Monuments Men were real people whose job it was to steal back the art the Nazis stole, and return it to its rightful owners.

Harry Ettlinger was part of the Monuments Men when he was 20, and told CBS news: "We Americans, for the first time in the history of civilization, adopted a policy which said that to the victor do not belong the spoils of war."

CBS news reported that only six of the 200 plus original Monuments Men remain alive today, including Ettlinger.

Despite the great story, however, Monuments Men has not received great reviews from critics. The description on Rotten Tomatoes reads, "Its intentions are noble and its cast is impressive, but neither can compensate for The Monuments Men's stiffly nostalgic tone and curiously slack of narrative." Ranking at a mere 34% rating from critics, and 53% from viewers, this movie just isn't doing as well as expected.

It was a movie that came in with good intentions, but the character development was what the film truly lacked. The cast was wonderful, but the story focused solely on what they did, instead of the people behind it.

Nevertheless, the movie is very emotional, and can bring you from laughing to crying at various times throughout the plot. It's a good enough film if someone has the spare time to see it.