As World War II was coming to an end, a group of civilians was assigned to find art stolen by the Nazis and hidden in Germany. Based on this true fact of history, The Monuments Men tells their story.
George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban make up the team, later joined by Dimitri Leonidas. All are delightful. But, the real standout is Cate Blanchett, who plays a curator at the Jeu de Paume National Gallery from which many of the greatest works were taken.
Tracking down the art before it is destroyed, forever hidden or confiscated by our, then, Russian allies is the thrust of the action.
Though Writer/Director George Clooney’s film moves a bit slowly and a bit too solemnly at times…all of which could have easily been cured with more adept editing…, the story is such a good one that the movie is well-worth seeing.
I give The Monuments Men a 4 out of 5.