February 14

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].

Diane B. Pirkey,

Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Congratulations and thanks to The Post for giving us Philip Kennicott’s review of “The Monuments Men.” It was insightful, intelligent, appropriate and entertaining. Kennicott obviously is not intimidated by self-appointed art critics, nor is he fearful of Hollywood stars and producers. Keep him writing so that he can help us identify the other puppies in our lives — i.e., cliches and drivel — presented as art.

Wallace Babington, Washington

Philip Kennicott’s commentary on “The Monuments Men” left me wondering if we saw the same movie. I saw a movie by that name Saturday afternoon, and when the movie ended the audience applauded — sorry for the cliché — for amission accomplished. Perhaps Kennicott would enjoy the movie if he saw it for what it was: a mission to recover stolen works of art from a mad man and return them to their rightful owners, with a few adventures along the way to make the movie interesting. 

Robert Deans, Reston