‘The Monuments Men’ Delayed Until 2014

The George Clooney directed upcoming World War II drama, The Monuments Men, has been delayed until early 2014. Originally planned for a December 13, release, the now February set film will be effectively pushed out of the 2013 Oscar race. Recent Oscar buzz has been flying around due to the uncertainty of Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street‘s release date, but now we know that the film will in fact release before the end of the year. With Wolf in and Men out, the 2013 Oscar battle has been given fewer competitors.

The film, The Monuments Men is stacked with a powerhouse cast including the likes of Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Cate Blanchett. The film centers around an allied group tasked with preserving works of art, and of cultural significance in the European Theater of World War II. When Hitler’s train of destruction made its way across Europe, there were plenty of items of historic, and artistic relevance that were needed to escape the flames, and we can thank the original Monuments Men for their preservation, something in my mind, that is severely overlooked.

Based on a true story, The Monuments Men is based off of the real life military group, the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Program (MFAA). Active during, and after World War II, the group was founded by a military funded laboratory in the early 1940’s, led by head art conservation specialist, George L. Stout (played by Clooney). Present in battle as well, the group historically aided the allies in battle preparation, using historic and artistic images of Nazi-occupied cities to aid the allied assaults.

As you may have noticed, I am pretty excited for this film. Though saddened to see it delayed until next year, a few extra months in preparation to give the members of the MFAA their due, is more than fine by me.

Look for an exact February release date sometime in the future.

Drew Caruso
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