Movie Review: Munich (2005)

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Politics is something that I kind of follow but at the same time have a deep hate for because of it’s unnecessary complexity and tendency to start terrible conflicts. That is why I am worried that the world will plunge into the darkness faster than we can sing “We Will Rock You”.

Ladies and gentlmen… “Munich”.

In 1972, several olympic athletes were kidnapped and killed by a group of terrorists known as Black September. This led to the creation of a special task force which was led by a man named Avner Kaufman (Eric Bana). The mission of this task force was to locate the people responsible for the terrible massacre in Munich, Germany and then kill them. And we get to follow this task force on their mission which takes them all across Europe. And it was quite the ride, I tell ya. What we have here is a plot that is set over a good amount of months yet never feels like it’s dragging or rushing or anything, but instead it manages to pace itself in a perfect way that allows for both the suspenseful scenes where they need to take someone out and for the character-buidling moments. It’s a very dramatic movie with a good amount of suspense and excellent drama… kind of like “Saving Private Ryan” which just like this movie was directed by Steven Spielberg. This is also a movie that manages to be very politically even-handed, never pointing any fingers at who is the guilty country here, but rather focus those things at the individuals involved. There is no side taken here, everything’s up for the viewer to decide which side they wanna stand with while they watch the task force do their thing. And I absolutely loved every second of it.

The characters in this movie all feel very real and I think that might be because of the actors. The actors chosen for this movie weren’t really major Hollywood stars when this came out, rather they were good, natural actors… kind of like when they cast “Jurassic Park” back in the day. Eric Bana plays our main character Avner and he was absolutely great in the movie, worthy of an Oscar nomination in my opinion. Daniel Craig was also really good. Everyone in the movie was good, simple as that.

The score for the movie was provided by the one and only John Williams (why am I not surprised?). And once again, he fucking nailed it. Sure, it isn’t as memorable as some of his other scores he has composed throughout his very long career, but it was still really great. Basic explanation: It’s great, but I’m not really gonna remember it as much as the score for “Jurassic Park” or “Star Wars”.

Like I previously stated, this movie was directed by Steven Spielberg and with that said, I think you can figure out what I’m gonna say about the directing of this movie. But for the sake of redundancy, I’m still gonna say it. This movie is very well directed… but what else should one expect from Steven Spielberg? And as with a lot of his movies, he brought in Janusz Kaminski to do the cinematography for the movie and as per usual, it looks absolutely fantastic. And the action scenes in the movie are pretty well made. They don’t aim to be giant action spectacles that’ll entertain you for a few minutes, but instead they aim to be part of this surprisingly action-packed and suspenseful story. I do have to warn however for squeamish people that this is a violent and uncompromising movie that doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to what it shows. So if you don’t like realistic violence and lots of blood… maybe skip it.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 78% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 74/100. Roger Ebert gave it 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10. The movie also nominated for 5 Oscars in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score. 

“Munich” is a Steven Spielberg movie that doesn’t seem to get the attention it deserves. And I find that weird because it has a great story with a lot of suspense & human drama, great acting/characters, great music, great directing and great cinematography. Time for my final score. *AAAAHHHH*. My final score for “Munich” is a 9,89/10. It definitely deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of Steven Spielberg’s “Munich” is now completed.

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Movie Review: Schindler’s List (1993)

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If everything looks dark it might be impossible to see something good. But remember that even if everything looks dark, there is still a light waiting to pierce through and help you through the darkness. Never give up hope, it might be what saves you one day.

Ladies and gentlemen, for the final day of summer I present to you… “Schindler’s List”.

In this movie we follow industrialist and ladies man Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) who starts getting concerned about his Jewish after seeing what the nazis do to them. And I’m not gonna lie, it was quite riveting. I was engaged and invested in this story throughout the entire three hour runtime. Rarely has a movie that long been able to keep my attention and be this interesting. The story is dark, beautiful and even a little bit scary. The shit that happened back then, the dark side of humanity, that is what scares me. But it also showed the kindness and courage people might show during these harsh times and that is what makes this plot so fantastic.

When the characters start feeling like real people in these terrible times, that is when you know you got some great characters. A lot of it comes from the excellent writing, but most of it comes from the fantastic performances. This is definitely the best I have ever seen Liam Neeson, he really disappeared into this man and he was no longer Liam Neeson to me, he was Oskar Schindler. Ben Kingsley also did a phenomenal job as Schindler’s Jewish bookkeeper. And Ralph Fiennes (Pronounced Ray Fines, by the way) was pretty amazing as well, playing a major douchebag who at a lot of times is conflicted about what he’s doing. Every actor in the movie was pretty great and no single performance in the movie stood out as “bad” or even “mediocre”.

Considering that this is a Steven Spielberg movie, one should not be surprised that the score for the movie was done by John Williams. Not that it’s a bad thing at all, Williams is a fantastic composer. Anyway, Williams did it again. He managed to compose a score that made you feel all of the emotions. Especially sadness, a lot of it thanks to violinist Itzhak Perlman helping out in a lot of tracks. The score is really beautiful and perfectly complemented the movie.

Like I said, this movie was directed by the one and only Steven Spielberg. And as always, the movie was incredibly well-directed. A lot of it can also be attributed to the fantastic cinematography by Janusz Kaminski. The movie looks beautiful. Some might call the whole black and white style a gimmick, but I call it beautiful art. I would say that it really improved upon the movie and did a lot to make it even better than it already was. I do also appreciate the selective coloring throughout the movie. If you’ve seen the movie you know what I am talking about. Here is also a fun fact: Kaminski has also provided the cinematography for some other Spielberg movies such as “Saving Private Ryan”, “Minority Report” and “Catch Me if You Can”.

This movie has gotten pretty much universal acclaim (the hilarious part of that statement is that Universal is the studio behind it). On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 96% positive rating (100% if you go by “Top Critics” only) and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 93/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 4/4 stars and put it on his “Great Movies” list. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,9/10 and is ranked #6 on the “Top 250” list. The movie also won 7 Oscars (Wow) in the categories of Best picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Set Decoration, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score. The movie was also nominated for an additional 5 Oscars in the categories of Best Actor (Neeson), Best Supproting Actor (Fiennes), Best costume design, Best sound and Best makeup. 

“Schindler’s List” is a movie with a beautiful and haunting story, excellent performances, fantastic music and excellent direction & cinematography. Time for my final score. ACHTUNG! My final score for “Schindler’s List” is a 9,89/10. It deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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Finally, “Schindler’s List” is now reviewed.

Wow, 1993 was a great year for Steven Spielberg. Both this and “Jurassic Park”.