Philip Kennicott got it wrong with his negative review of “The Monuments Men” [“The only thing we have to fear is ﬁlms about art,” Sunday Arts, Feb. 9]. This movie is about a World War II mission by the United States to locate and protect valuable artwork, and the story is told in a compelling action-movie style. Yes, it is about “Art,” with a capital A, but it is also about the courage and humanity of those who carried out and added a dimension to the involvement of the United States in this war that has not been commonly known. The movie will appeal to a broad audience, many members of whom have not been to museums or European cathedrals, as well as to those of us who have degrees in art history and are well-traveled. It may encourage non-museum-goers to visit museums, read about fine art and increase support for the arts.
So, please, relax and enjoy a thrilling and well-made movie that is worthy of the 21 / 2 stars that Ann Hornaday gave it [“Raiders of the lost art,” Weekend, Feb. 7].