But it offends me neither as a Jew, nor as an Israeli. Nay, it offends me as a lover of cinema.
Moral equivalency be damned. Munich was just a crap movie.
Cliche, didactic, cheesy, with terrible dialogue, uninteresting characters with shifting but indiscernible accents, a boring and overly simplistic plot, lose ends, and general unbelievability.
I can really enjoy the spy/assassin drama when done well, even when it’s fluffy material. However this movie took an interesting subject matter and completely botched the execution, not unlike the laughably clumsy and inefficient mossad team itself.
They went through the motions of their missions as if they were a rag tag team with absolutely no formal training in this sort of thing. I would expect more intelligence and planning from Harriet the Spy.
Cinematographer Januz Kaminski, beloved alumni of my alma matter, seemed to have lost his ability to use basic lighting techniques to create beauty and aid basic believability.
Screenwriter Tony Krushners anti-Israel comments bother me less than having to had listen to line after line of dialogue with less nuance and fluidity than people in my second year screen writing class were able to come up with.
The movie rests on it’s so called “controversy”, having dealt with touchy a subject, but it lacks the quality needed to justify itself.
In short, total shite. Unworthy of its budget, attention and an embarrassment to the genre.