Thirty-three years after the event, we now have a film by a great director memorializing the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. But, although much hyped in advance, it has not exactly been a blockbuster at the box office, and it has also engendered considerable controversy.
To Time magazine, Steven Spielberg’s Munich is a “masterpiece.” It has “all the virtues we’ve come to expect when he is working at his highest levels.” To Newsweek, Munich is “a superbly taut and well-made thriller . . . staged with a mastery Hitchcock might envy.” Unexpectedly welcome, Newsweek adds, “is the tone, the point of view, the morally complex weight Spielberg brings to bear on this story.” Continue reading