Monuments Men, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: +2

George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, Jean Dujardin. Written and directed by George Clooney.

FILM SYNOPSIS: This slice of history served on a bed of embellishment brings to the publicís attention just how much World War II damaged the world. It is the story of six men led by Frank Stokes (Clooney) to recover priceless artwork stolen from museums across Europe during the war. The German Nazis not only stole masterpieces of DaVinci, Matisse, Rembrandt and Michelangelo, to name a few, for their own pleasure and profit, but also destroyed any artifacts created by the Jews. Inspired by the documentary The Rape of Europa, The Monuments Men explores the character and motivation of these six art historians and curators and their stunning accomplishments.

PREVIEW REVIEW: †To even accept this daunting mission indicates the strong character each of these men has. None have served in the service so must go through basic training before they can embark on their mission. Leaving comfortable jobs and families indicates their commitment to right a worldwide wrong. When asked†by the President if a piece of art can justify the loss of life of one man, Frank Stokes (Clooney) replies that the past must be preserved for future generations because none of us will be. History is vital for the future. (Not a direct quote, but the essence). †The reality of war cannot be a pretty sight no matter how likable the actors or how clever the dialogue. Those two elements draw audiences and are vital for a successful book or movie.

This film includes some violent deaths and bloody battles, but the reality of the Nazisí cruelty comes through when the Monuments Men discover two barrels full of tiny gold pieces. A closer look reveals they are the gold from thousands of POWís teeth.

Considering the setting is during the 1940ís, soldiers desperate for cigarettes can be justified to give credibility to the tension and fear the soldiers encounter every day. One of the six is a known alcoholic and his struggle to stay sober is not made easier by his colleagues. Not surprising, they all welcome wine and liquor when opportunity knocks. But can taking the Lordís name in vain ever be justified for the sake of reality?

The Monuments MenĒcan be recommended for mature teenagers and adults. It just might tweak some students to find out more about World War II, why the past is never going away and why it must be preserved in the form of art and literature. What if there were no Bible, no Shakespeare, no Charlie Chaplin or Johnny Carson?

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Columbia Pictures

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Few

Violence: Violent deaths and bloody battles.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Alcohol

Other: None

Running Time: 118 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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