In 1943, at the height of World War II, it became clear that the Germans were engaged in the systematic looting of every major art work in Europe. It was up to the soldiers and civilians who worked in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Program to recover and repatriate this stolen art back to its rightful owners. That is the true story on which the film The Monuments Men, written by George Clooney and Grant Heslov and directed by Clooney is based. If you know anything about the actual events, you know that poetic license is in play. The choices to exercise such license are good ones in this case, as was the decision that the film wouldn’t take itself so seriously. This allowed the filmmakers to poke fun at situations where humor works, and still display the high drama that is war right up on the enemy lines.
The Jason Bourne of movies bears little resemblance to the Jason Bourne of the Robert Ludlum trilogy that began in 1980 with The Bourne Identity. That’s not a bad thing. The changes were the best part of the first three film adaptations of the Ludlum novels and now with the reunification of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass in the new Jason Bourne, the franchise is back in a big way.