IT WAS THE GREATEST ART HEIST IN HISTORY.
In 1943, art conservationist Frank Stokes (George Clooney) talks President Roosevelt into allowing him to form an Army unit consisting of art historians and various experts, with the task of saving as many works of art from the Nazis as possible. Based on true events, this film has a light, old-fashioned and playful touch, which should have made it more amusing than this. Perhaps the episodic nature is to blame; Cate Blanchett’s part is unsatisfying, for instance. Still very likable thanks to the star-studded cast and its dry sense of humor. The story, a tribute to unconventional heroes, maintains one’s interest.
2014-U.S.-Germany. 118 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by George Clooney. Screenplay: George Clooney, Grant Heslov. Book: Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter. Cast: George Clooney (Frank Stokes), Matt Damon (James Granger), Bill Murray (Richard Campbell), Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin… Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban.
Trivia: The older Stokes seen near the end is played by Clooney’s father Nick. Daniel Craig was allegedly first cast in the role that Damon came to play.