The Monuments Men is a film based on the true life story about a special group of ‘soldiers’ in World War II Europe. Their job is to save great art that is in Europe that is either being stolen by the Nazis for Hitler or being destroyed in bombings. The fate of these great works comes down to these men. They must keep the world-famous art in European hands and unharmed. The group of seven museum directors, curators and art historians are split up to accomplish different objectives. As they pair up viewers are treated to the lighter side of the mission as there are a couple small hijinks that happen along the way. Unfortunately, as it is a war-time film, there are some less-than happy parts. As the movie ends, the men find themselves in a race against the Russians, who are taking the art as trophies. The Monuments Men features an all-star cast, including Bill Murray, George Clooney – who also serves as director – Matt Damon and John Goodman. All of them give a good performance, but nobody gives a very noteworthy performance. I would say that the highlights of the film are the story and the setting. The backdrops were very believable and totally realistic. The story of The Monuments Men gives a different look at World War II besides that of soldiers fighting Nazis. I really liked this movie; I got a little choked up a few times and was very happy each time the unlikely group of heroes found some of the artwork they were sent to save. I would recommend this movie to anybody who likes any of the big name actors, has a love of art or is interested in World War II. It’s a solid movie and not a bad choice if you’re looking for a few hours of entertainment and enlightenment.
Kyle Dowling is an employee of M3 Group and is pursuing a writing degree at LCC. He enjoys fiction writing, video games and movies.