Munich

Just got back from seeing “Munich.” The film was quite good, and a lot more apolitical than I expected. Even though it’s about a specific historical event and its aftermath, after a while it becomes clear that the original event was almost incidental to the real story; the film itself is about moral choices, and what wars do to the people who fight them. The choice of original event (the kidnapping and murder of the Israeli olympic team in 1972 by Palestinian terrorists) seems to be more to give a clear simplicity to the beginning, and it makes the contrast with the progressing murkiness all the more relevant.

So if you’ve been avoiding this movie because it’s too political, don’t worry – it’s not. It’s a bit on the heavy side, but worth a watch.

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Published in: on February 11, 2006 at 22:27  Comments (6)  
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  1. I agree. After reading all the outrage about it (Spielberg is a self-hating Jew! The movie is biased against the Israelis! The movie is biased against the Palestinians!), I didn’t want to see it, but I actually really enjoyed the movie.

  2. I agree. After reading all the outrage about it (Spielberg is a self-hating Jew! The movie is biased against the Israelis! The movie is biased against the Palestinians!), I didn’t want to see it, but I actually really enjoyed the movie.

  3. I came out of it severely shaken and would not go see it again. It’s a very well-done movie. Like James Bond or any other action movie, there’s killing and whatnot, but there’s no panache or derring-do to make it palatable. You’re simply watching something horrible. I should have walked out, but it grips you and doesn’t let go.

  4. I came out of it severely shaken and would not go see it again. It’s a very well-done movie. Like James Bond or any other action movie, there’s killing and whatnot, but there’s no panache or derring-do to make it palatable. You’re simply watching something horrible. I should have walked out, but it grips you and doesn’t let go.

  5. On the subject of assassination without panache, have you seen The Matador? Unlike this one, it’s a comedy, but it’s rather dark. The main character has obviously watched every Bond movie ever, and fancies himself Bond, and is the farthest thing imaginable from him.

  6. On the subject of assassination without panache, have you seen The Matador? Unlike this one, it’s a comedy, but it’s rather dark. The main character has obviously watched every Bond movie ever, and fancies himself Bond, and is the farthest thing imaginable from him.


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