I think there’s something going on later today. Like a game or something. I’ll look into that later. For now, we’ve got a full slate of movies hitting theaters this week. We’ve got art hunters, LEGOs and vampires.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.
The Monuments Men
If we entered a World War III situation with some psychopath bent on world domination, my list of keeping-them-safe priorities would be as such:
1. Little and Mrs. Rotten Week
2. That baseball I caught at Fenway Park
3. My favorite pair of jeans that are worn in just perfectly
Pretty far down the list? Artwork. But that’s what makes me a selfish dude, disconnected with the cultural and historical significance of "connecting with our past." Maintaining and cherishing the works of art that are integral to understanding our past isn’t exactly my cup of tea. But hey, that’s why we need better people than me, guys like The Monuments Men who said, "To hell with my own personal safety, we need to get back that oil painting!"
Based on the book Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel, this movie follows the team of curators and historians who entered the European theater during World War II in an effort to preserve and save the works of art stolen by Nazis as the plundered the continent.
On paper, The Monuments Men looks like a winner. The cast includes George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman, to name a few. Plus Clooney directs, and he’s shown an ability to handle the area behind the lens with Good Night and Good Luck (93%), The Ides of March (85%) and to a lesser extent Leatherheads (52%). But early reviews aren’t great. Sitting at 36% through eleven reviews, this film looks headed for the critical dumpster. Many critics feel the story never really comes together and a great historical achievement deserved much better on the big screen. If the early reviews are this bad, the latter ones will probably follow suit. What a shame. The Rotten Watch for The Monuments Men is