Review: 'Monuments Men' and 'The LEGO Movie'

Sandy Kenyon reviews the star-studded "The Monuments Men" and kid-friendly "The Lego Movie"
April 7, 2014 9:24:11 AM PDT
Two big new movies hit theaters this weekend, but do "Monuments Men" and "The LEGO Movie" live up the hype?

Entertainment reporter Sandy Kenyon checked out both. Here's what he had to say:

"Monuments Men" should have been good, given the men involved. George Clooney put together a team of art experts played by Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman, among others, to try and save art stolen by the Nazis during WWII.

Joining his team for the movie, also written and directed by Clooney, is Hugh Bonneville from the British TV series "Downton Abbey" and Aussie Cate Blanchett, playing a French woman.

Her French accent is as bad as Damon's is supposed to be, and a hint of romance between them goes nowhere, so I was left wondering how such an exciting and true story told by such a distinguished cast could be so dull.

Less preaching and more action would have been appreciated, and separating the team for much of the movie so they have to talk via radio was probably not a great idea. But however Clooney did it, he managed to drain the drama out of a very compelling story.

Now, how can something called "The LEGO Movie" be any good at all? That's what I wondered until I joined a theater full of kids for a Saturday screening, and we laughed together at the unlikely group of superheroes brought together in 3-D to help a guy named Emmett save their little world.