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DVD review: 'Monuments Men' delivers drama and fun

Published May 20, 2014 9:26 am

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Grade • B+

DVD/Blu-ray • In "Monuments Men," George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman kick Hitler's butt — figuratively, of course. And not in a traditional World War II movie kind of way.

This fact-based film, directed by Clooney, tells the story of a special squad of Allies who set out to save as much great art the Nazis had stolen as they could. And put their lives on the line to do it. This episodic film is, alternately, great fun, high drama, tear-jerker and civics lesson. Some episodes work great, while others are less effective.

The tone is reminiscent of "M*A*S*H." "Monuments Men" is filled with charming characters who have a sense of humor in the midst of the horror of war. And, as on the TV series, some episodes are better than others.

"Monuments Men" is fantastic to look at throughout, however. And there's a bit of a bonus for Utahns in the final moments when former KSTU-Ch. 13 anchorman Nick Clooney appears as the older version of George's character.

"Monuments Men" isn't perfect, but it's worth watching. —

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