Based on a true story, this is a truly fascinating history lesson on how six brave men (none of whom are soldiers) save an incredible amount of cultural history including books, paintings, sculptures, etc. during WW II.
George Clooney (as Frank Stokes) urges the President that there is a need for experts to go into the battlefield in the waning days of WW II to find and return precious, mostly one of a kind items that, if lost, would be lost to the world forever.
Stokes gets the go ahead, and recruits 6 highly qualified civilians to help him go find the items. Matt Damon (James Granger) is the youngest (he has a heart problem which kept him out of the service), Bill Murray (as Richard Campbell), John Goodman (as Walter Garfield), Jean Dujardin (as Jean Claude Clermont), Hugh Bonneville (as Donald Jeffries), and Bob Balaban (as Preston Savitz). In Europe they meet underground resistance member, Claire Simone (Cate Blanchett), who, after some convincing, comes to trust “The Monuments Men”.
“The Monuments Men” is an excellent movie. The cast is terrific. It is mostly good for the entire family however some battle scenes, and death, might be too intense for the little ones or faint of heart.
Overall, this is a terrific movie and one you should see to appreciate what art, books, sculptures we have today that could have been lost forever.
Drive Safe! Never Forget.