Julie’s Review Room: Monuments Men

New in theaters this week, we have “The Monuments Men,” directed by AND starring George Clooney. It’s based on the true story of a WWII platoon sent to Europe to protect its monuments and search for fine art stolen by Hitler.

George Clooney wrote and directed this and he also assembled an excellent cast, including Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett. He dropped the reigns right after that though because “The Monuments Men” is a snooze-fest, and I mean that literally because people behind me were snoring. The story never picks up the pace, it never finds a flow and it can’t decide if it wants to be funny or serious. The cast also seems strangely detached so I have to give “The Monuments Men” a D. Sorry Clooney but a true story like this deserves a better film.

Before you decide I’m an incurable hater, let’s discuss “The Lego Movie.”

I know it looks stupid and believe me, I only went for my kids but “The Lego Movie” is crazy fun. A simple man must save the world, which is of course made entirely out of Legos. That part is incredibly cool, but “The Lego Movie” also has a great sense of humor about itself. Serious actors turn up like Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson but even THEY seem to be having a blast. There’s a twist at the end I didn’t love and it tends to get a little TOO crazy, but I’m still giving “The Lego Movie” a B+. Anyone who’s ever played with Legos or stepped on one in the middle of the night will surely get a kick out of it.


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