In "Monuments Men," Frank Stokes (George Clooney) is tasked by US President Roosevelt to gather a team of ordinary art museum directors, curators and artists then travel to Germany during World War II. Once there, the Monuments Men, as they were called, were on a mission to locate artwork stolen by the Nazis and steal it back. As Hitler wanted all of the artwork with cultural significance taken, that task was a big one.
So Frank gathers his team including James Granger (Matt Damon), Richard Campbell (Bill Murray), Walter Garfield (John Goodman), Jean Claude Clermont (Jean Dujardin) and Preston Savitz (Bob Balaban) with that goal in mind. This is easier said than done though as most of the men are quite up in age, way too old for military basic training, that's for sure, and have little to no combat experience. But with a lot riding on the success of the mission, the Monuments Men set out to achieve their goal one way or another.
"Monuments Men" joins theaters already full of other great films like "The Lego Movie, "Gimme Shelter," "I, Frankenstein," "Ride Along," "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, "The Wolf of Wall Street, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" "Her," "American Hustle," "Saving Mr. Banks," August: Osage County, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Philomena, "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Out of the Furnace," "12 Years a Slave," and "Frozen".
If Germany Falls...
James Granger: "If Germany falls, they are to destroy everything."
James explains the pressure they are under. They don't have a set time frame to complete their task as if Germany were to fall, at that moment it would be game over.
As If They Never Existed
Frank Stokes: "If you destroy an entire generation of people's culture, it's as if they never existed. That's what Hitler wants and it's the one thing we can't allow."Frank gives the overview of why they are doing what they are. Hitler wants to rid the earth of these cultural artifacts and the Monuments Men are there to make sure that doesn't happen.
We're Going to Need Your Skill
Frank Stokes: "We have been tasked to find and protect art that the Nazis have stolen. You've all been selected because we're going to need your knowledge and we're going to need your skill."Frank addresses the troops and lays out the premise for their mission. They need to steal back all the art the Nazis have stolen before it's destroyed forever.
Want to Get Into the War?
Frank Stokes: "Want to get into the war?"
James Granger: "Monuments Men"
Frank Stokes: "Time to put a team together and do our best to protect the buildings, bridges and art before the Nazi's destroy everything."
James Granger: "How many men?"
Frank Stokes: "Six"
James Granger: "Jesus"
Frank Stokes: "Well, with you it's seven."
James Granger: "That's much better… So you want to go into a war zone with some architects and artists and tell our boys what they can and cannot blow up."
Frank Stokes: "That's right."
James Granger: "Aren't we a little old for that?"
Frank Stokes: "Yes… We go through basic and then we wait for orders."
James Granger: "Basic? Basic training?"
Frank Stokes: "Mmmhmm"
James Granger: "Oh boy"