Friday, February 03, 2006


I finally saw Munich. For those who have been decrying the film as anti-Israeli: what planet are you on, exactly?

Granted, it's not the most serious film I've ever seen, but it certainly portrayed the Israelis as complex and thoughtful, disturbed by their actions and struggling - all lacking in the portrayal of Palestinians. The Palestinians were given one moment to express why they might be so desperate as to commit terrorist acts, but hardly was the portrayal positive - and there isn't any room for complex portrayals of say, Palestinians who are appalled at terrorism. It doesn't say there aren't any - the topic simply doesn't come up.
I'm not going to give a long political deconstruction of the film. But the number of people who have yowled "foul" about this film really makes me wonder - I mean, I was looking for it!
The only thing I can think is that these are people who can't live with any amount of moral ambiguity - that to show that there might have been a reason for the characters to struggle with their actions was in itself what they considered anti-Israeli.

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