It's the true but little known story of a group of art historians, curators and architects who were charged with going in to occupied Europe to try and retrieve looted art back from the nazis before they destroyed it.
I have to say both Ishbel and I loved the movie but it wasn't the greatest movie in terms of dialogue, which I found to be rather banal at times but the story needed to be given the wider audience recognition that it has; as from all accounts very few of us, including me, did not know about it before.
It was clearly a serious business and there were so very few of them but the film also relied on a good bit of humour, not laugh out loud humour but really chuckling at the screen humour. I also found myself welling up a little when a couple of these middle aged to elderly guys got killed in the line of duty, dying in their quest to save bits of canvas or marble for us to admire today. I can relate to that as Ishbel and I have traipsed round many a museum both here in the UK and in Europe and marvelled at many wonderful pieces of art that may well have been destroyed had it not been for The Monuments Men.
At just a smidgen under two hours I did think, mainly because of what I considered lack of meaningful dialogue, opening scene with Clooney and Mark Wallberg, sorry Matt Damon in the Met in New York and then at a bar as point in case, it was probably about 30 minutes too long, but never the less still enjoyed it immensely.
Ishbel gives it a 5 out of 5
Tom gives it a 4 out of 5