“Screw Hitler”

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Frank Stokes: You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes to the ground and somehow they’ll still find their way back. But if you destroy their history, you destroy their achievements and it’s as if they never existed. That’s what Hitler wants and that’s exactly what we are fighting for.

I expected “The Monuments Men” to be a dry history course.

How exciting could a film be about art experts attempting to locate art plundered by Hitler during WW II?

The cast has George Clooney (as Stokes), Matt Damon, John Goodman and Bill Murray.

Cate Blanchett, an actress on a hot streak, played a reluctant character with key information.

Hitler had amassed several pieces of art. But with the Nazis in full retreat, the Monuments Men rushed to find this loot as battle lines shifted.

Enter the Russians, with an interest in this art for other reasons.

The scene with Damon encountering a landmine was amusing, tense.

I felt nervous as our team raced against time as the Allies were routing Hitler, who had ordered this art to be destroyed if the Nazis were beaten.

To me, this movie was satisfying, not a dry lesson.

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