The Monuments Men tries too hard to be an important type film. It was once scheduled for a Christmas season release, a time for Oscar prestige openings. But then it was moved back a few weeks into the current year, and we find it still playing to an audience of elderly on a Saturday afternoon.

The movie tells the tales of the Army men who were tasked to save the treasures of Europe from the Nazis. Ordinary men of arts were gathered together and sent to the front to stop the pillaging of the great arts of Europe. Art restorers, architects, painters, and sculptors were recruited. They made up a small team that poked around the front lines in the latter part of the war finding and guarding important art.

It was a perfectly adequate film for a Saturday afternoon.

3 of 5 stars

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