'The Monuments Men': Review By Sara Phillips

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The Monuments Men (2014)
Review by Sara Phillips

“It was the greatest art heist in history.”
Based on the true story, The Monuments Men were a group tasked with going into Germany to rescue culturally prominent art, buildings and monuments from Nazi thieves. With no military training and a passion for historical artifacts, a group of seven men risked their lives to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of human achievements. Firstly, the screenplay was written by George Clooney and Grant Heslov. While dealing with dark subject matter, it can be difficult to keep a light hearted tone. While majority of the dialogue dealt with some form of dark topic, there were continuous laughs from one liners and sarcastic character interactions. When you
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The direction can be connected to the visual topic because both are seen on screen from what colours are used to how long a dramatic pause is. In the film there was an over abundance of wide and medium shots with a few medium close shots. Since it was a larger cast, this was effective so that you could get one person saying something and then the rest of the group's reaction. I felt that they could have added a few close up or extreme close up shots to emphasize their exhaustion or excitement through the film. There is one shot that is a well done close up where Clooney motivates his men over the radio to fight against Hitler and the camera movement brings that sequence together. It pans slowly around the side of his face while zooming in which shows his seriousness about the situation. The editing in this film wasn't anything too legendary, using mostly cuts with some dissolves between locations. However, many of the shots in the film were left on screen too long making it feel slow and there was too many unnecessary…show more content…
This reasoning can also be made because of the emotional effect both the music and lighting can play. At points it sounds like the heroic Indiana Jones soundtrack with the upbeat adventurer while at other parts there are serious military drums like when the Germans come on screen. Half way through the film, one of the characters gets a record as a christmas gift. It sings “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and is one of the most beautiful renditions of the Frank Sinatra song I have heard. It was even more effective at making the audience feel lonely along with Bill Murray because it was only the vocal with no instrumentals making it more emotional. The lighting can also affect the mood of the scenes and help make the shots more effective. There were some portions of the film where a tense or sad scene was either a low value or muddled with grey sky and rain. This wasn’t the same pattern for the humourous moments because of the scenery that this happens in- such as a cave- was dark, while other times it was bright and
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