Cover Art and Menu: 7/10
This isn’t the kind of movie that needs a fancy, artsy, or clever cover. Some images from the film and a dramatic color scheme make it appropriate without trying to sell it as some kind of common action flick. The menu for this non-special edition is nothing more than a still from the movie (with one element moving in the background) and the navigation at the bottom.
No features on this edition
The Movie 9/10:
I was only a kid when the Munich Olympics took place. I don’t remember the incident with the athletes being killed. Any accounts of the whole thing are from news clips, articles, and some references in movies or TV shows. I know Spielberg isn’t recounting the events as if to be reenacting history. No one can know what really happened. History can never be accurately portrayed or retold precisely. Munich does feel like a solid and honest telling of a story that explores both the Middle Eastern conflict, and more broadly man’s struggle with the political strategy of combating violence with more violence in the modern world.
I won’t go into the complexities of the eternal war that forever brews in the Middle East. I would never pretend to understand it all. I even wondered if the movie would be heavy on the politics, which can be interesting, but this subject is always a bit daunting for me to be honest. I’ll tell you now that the story is nothing short of hypnotic. The way Spielberg wraps around a story with that close up, careful but stark style makes even something as important and weighty as the Munich Olympic massacre and aftermath accessible to people like me. People like me, those who care about world events but are too lazy and too easily depressed to look to closely at the dark side of humanity in the real world.
This part of the Munich story takes place after the Olympians were killed. It follows a team of assassins hired by the Israeli government to kill the 11 men believed to be responsible for the whole thing.
Let’s get the specifics out of the way first. The performances were all top notch. I have one problem though, some of their accents waved in an out from different nationalities. I’m not sure if they want it that way, or if no one on the set, or in editing has the nerve to say to the actors that they keep forgetting what country they are from. Surely Mr. S. would have noticed the variances from Australian, to British, to German, to a few unrecognizable…but then again, I’m sure that’s just a little detail that doesn’t bug anyone but me 🙂
The music is dramatic and moving. There are times when it feels a bit too contrived, guiding us through emotions we already know we are supposed to be having. I don’t mind heavy scores behind very emotionally charged scenes, but sometimes silence says more than many bars of overly manipulative music.
I wasn’t sure I would like this movie to be quite frank. I was afraid I would be slightly uneasy with any references to the Middle Eastern struggles, or the events of the Munich Olympics, which I know nothing about. There was nothing to be worried about. Spielberg tells his stories visually, emotionally, intellectually, sparingly, but still with great detail, all rolled up into one amazing film experience. I might have been confused a time or two about who or what government, or cause, or faction was in the right or wrong…but that’s the thing I think the story ultimately is about. It’s riveting and exciting, and upsetting. Any film I go into thinking I won’t like and come out wishing it were longer has obviously touched something inside my brain, or heart, or whatever. Not a bad flick from the guy who gave us Howard the Duck. 🙂
Unless you are an avid serious film buff, Spielberg fanatic, or compulsive DVD collector, I’d say rent Munich (special edition if I were you). It’s a wonderful one time watch, but I don’t see the re-watchability with this one. This movie is wonderful, don’t get me wrong, but because you have to pay 20 bucks for absolutely nothing more than the movie itself, well, that doesn’t do much for the DVD rating.
Overall Score 7/10