Movie Review- “Monumental”

     If you’re a fan of old sitcoms, you may be familiar with Kirk Cameron. Back in the mid- to- late ’80’s, he was a teen star on ABC’s hit show Growing Pains. As an adult, his work has taken a much different path than many actors with his latest project, a documentary called “Monumental: In Search of America’s Treasure”. Normally I don’t write reviews of movies here, mostly because I just don’t go see them. However, I found this one to be better than many historically-based documentaries.
To begin, “Monumental” presents the problems our nation is facing today- massive debt, families in decline, loss of morality, government spending, etc. The film doesn’t blame any person or party, for America’s problems are mostly a “heart problem” that no one seems to know how to fix. The question presented in the beginning was, “What can we do?” Cameron and his crew attempt to find an answer by going back to the basics of our nation’s founding. Their travels take them to England and Holland to explore the lives of the people we call “pilgrims”. The film holds the audience’s interest by not getting too bogged down in dates and names and who did what and when- all the things that most people find boring about history. Far from boring, Cameron speaks with people who are experts on the puritans and what they were dealing with as subjects of a tyrannical king.
We learn how this relatively small band of men, women and children became spiritually aware upon the first English printing of the Bible. Their desire to serve God as they chose, free from the Church of England, made them outcasts and could have cost them their lives. The film takes us through their trials in England, then Holland, then back to England, and finally on their journey to the New World. We come to understand their obstacles in a way most of us have never been taught, and hear stories of how God was faithful to uphold them through it all. Cameron walks where they walked, right down to the prison they were thrown into for their faith.
By the time the film moves on to Plymouth, the viewer already has a greater respect for these pilgrims, who were so focused in their faith and hung onto the belief that God would use them to one day bring the light of truth back to their homeland. Gone are the stereotypes of these pioneer families. They were so much more than the stoic, starched creatures in black and white that we learned about in elementary school. These were some hard-working, persevering people with a plan to settle in a new land where they could worship freely.
Cameron continues his visits with historical experts and points of interest, including a monument most of us have never even heard of because, for some reason, it’s been lost to history. The National Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth, MA is referred to in the film as sort of a “Matrix of Liberty”- how the pilgrims ordered the civil society based on eternal truths, such as faith, morality, justice, mercy and education. Our forefathers believed these basic truths to be the best way to live a peaceful, happy life together. This beautiful monument is the largest granite monument in the nation and lies in a park near a residential area that didn’t look as if it were a big tourist attraction. I would imagine this movie will draw more sight-seers to view this testimony them and to the faith on which our nation was founded.
I think this movie is a call to action, especially for those who consider themselves to be Christians. At the beginning of the film, Cameron expressed some frustration that he finds in other Christians when he talks about how we can turn things around. He said people tell him that as things go downhill, that’s a sign we’re getting closer to the end and these things “have to happen”. His concern is for his children and their children…what kind of country will they have to live in if we don’t do all we can to turn things around in our time. We must be, as those pilgrims were, men and women of liberty. We were all born in this time and in this place for a reason. I believe God will hold us responsible for what we didn’t do when it was our turn to stand for our nation in its time of need.
One thing you can do is watch this film, and you can do that by bringing it to your area at  Then, spread the word, because “Monumental” the film is just the beginning.

***NOTE:  As of 3/16/13, the website above is now defunct;  You can order the movie on DVD at my Amazon Affiliate Link HERE.


9 responses

  1. The pilgrims I respect our forfather’s for the most part were’nt christians no matter how much we wish they were. Most of them were in fact deists. View the dvd The hidden faith of our founding father’s by Chris Pinto. He documents everything he says. Chrisitians are not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers ( Glenn Beck and his Mormon God). Kirk is wrong on this one. Pray for Kirk

    1. libertybelleblog | Reply

      Becky- first of all, he doesn’t say that “all” of the forefathers were Christians, but he does challenge the typical view that many of them were deists. You cannot read the Mayflower Compact or the story of William Bradford and believe anything other than that they had a very strong faith in God and desire to live in a place to practice their faith freely. As for your commentary about Glenn Beck and his Mormon faith, it sounds like you’re being very judgemental towards someone you don’t even know. You know what’s in his heart regarding salvation? You seem to be presuming you have knowledge of what his relationship to God is based on the church that he chooses to attend. I think my prayers will be for you instead…have a good day.

      1. i honestly agree,the movie was also very good my girlfriend and i attended,people need to listen to this young man and stop being so judgemental.

    2. Becky, I will pray for you and people who believe like you!! History has shown that when God is taken out of a culture, eventually immorality follows and that society always fails.

  2. Usually I don’t learn post on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up very compelled me to try and do so! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, quite great article.

  3. I enjoyed the movie, but I had hoped to see some wesites posted at the end so that we could look up for ourselves some of the references made, such as the Matrix of Liberty (which I found on my own afterwards) and the 500 hundred year plan. I would like to share this information with others, but I have no reference point, other than the movie. Where can I find all the detail of the Matrix that was given in the movie, but not given on the website?

    1. libertybelleblog | Reply

      Laney-the monument isn’t actually called the matrix of liberty, it’s really known as The National Monument to the Forefathers and you can find out all the details in the website that I linked to from my movie review above.

  4. I believe this is a clarion call to all Americans the monument they mention and the history they tell about in the movie was never told to us in school. This monument was left as a foundation fir America and its proof positive that our founders were Christians and they built our great nation on these values morals and principles found in the ten commandments and our constitution. This monument needs to be seen by all Americans to see how far in left field we have come and why America today is dying

  5. Becky – I knew what you had watched as soon as I saw your first comment. I also watched “The Hidden Faith of our Founding Fathers” by Chris Pinto. His movie was full of ominous music, and fantastic claims. I wanted to know more about him, so I Googled him, and saw an interview. He said that the reason he put out the aforementioned dvd was to try to get Christians out of politics. He is affiliated with Worldview Weekend, which is so critical of seemingly every Christian teacher out there. Some of what they say is true, I’m sure, but they go overboard, and it seems like a witch hunt. I loved the movie, even though David Barton sometimes can make some of the founding fathers seem too in line with scripture than what they really were, but Kirk hit the nail on the head when he said that they weren’t ALL Christians, but they did realize that our republic needs biblical Christianity for it to work!

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