The Monument Men opens this Friday. My husband and I were invited to a screening earlier this week and loved it. The film is the true story of art historians who during WWII searched for the masterpieces of Europe that had been stolen by the Nazis. The cast is beyond impressive with George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, and Cate Blanchett.
The film is very reminiscent of films of the WWII era. It is witty and action pact without insane special effects or overbearing soundtrack. My husband who usually loves those loud movies, loved this one too, and he can be difficult to please. I will warn you that if you are an art aficionado there are some SAW level disturbing scenes.
Much of the film happens in Belgium where I lived as a teenager in the 80s. I had no idea at the time that I had the men pictured above to thank for the works of art I saw there. They are truly responsible for saving the culture that fills Europe's museums and cathedrals, not to mention returning personal collections to their proper owners.