The Monuments Men (Germany/ USA, 2014)
Directed by George Clooney
Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman
Ever since the credit crunch broke six years ago, there have been clarion calls from the artistic community in Britain about the need to preserve funding for the arts. Social media has been awash in recent times with 'I Value The Arts' twibbons and Winston Churchill's widely misquoted line. Contrary to popular belief, he did not say "then what are we fighting for?" when asked to cut the arts to support the war, but instead advised that paintings and other priceless works should be buried in caves.
Soldier of Orange manages to somehow balance the two, and this falls far short of Paul Verhoeven's film.
Nixon before it, it is a film of enjoyable moments which struggles to connect them either convincingly or compellingly.
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