“The Monuments Men” is a war film adapted from the book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert Edsel.
The movie stars Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray and a few other notable actors. The movie follows a group given the orders of locating and saving historical artifacts and art before they are lost during WWII.
It is a story with thematic significance and is based on a true story set near the end of World War II. Leading art historian Frank Stokes, played by George Clooney, gives a presentation to the President about the importance of protecting pieces of art during the current war.
He stresses that the destruction of art by Hitler’s National Socialists is the destruction of culture and society itself. The President approves a small band of men, art experts, to go to the front lines of battle to protect priceless art and recover stolen artifacts.
The film detailed certain events both with accuracy and a particular comical twist. “The Monuments Men” is a historical comedy-drama with a very intriguing history, but the comedy isn’t funny and the drama isn’t always interesting.
The film received a mostly negative reaction, with only a 33% percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie’s biggest flaw is that it is just not particularly interesting and ultimately falls flat.
If you are a fan of historical films then I would recommend it for its accuracy, but I would not recommend it as a movie just to go see with a date or a group of friends looking for something entertaining to watch.