YMMV / Munich

  • Anvilicious: The final shot is of the New York skyline circa-1970s, including the World Trade Center.
  • Award Snub: Crash beat it for Best Picture. There aren't quite as many people angry about Munich losing as about Brokeback Mountain, but there still are many...
  • He Really Can Act: After about five years of average projects, Eric Bana finally gets a chance to make good on and even surpass the potential promised by Chopper.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This film features three prominent James Bond actors: a future Bond (Daniel Craig, Bond since 2006), as well as a former (Michael Lonsdale, Hugo Drax in Moonraker) and later (Mathieu Amalric, Dominic Greene in Quantum of Solace) Bond villain. Even funnier, the latter two are both French and play father and son, and the former and the latter face off in Quantum of Solace.
  • Internet Backdraft: It was drowned out somewhat by the much bigger controversy over Brokeback Mountain that year, but Munich did have its own backlash from people who thought that the main characters were portrayed as "terrorists" and/or that the Munich perpetrators they were hunting down were depicted too sympathetically. Various pro-Israel groups organized boycotts of the film. And for the record, several anti-Israel people, like Christopher Hitchens, criticized the film too.
  • Narm: Near the end of the film, Avner seemingly has a vision/flashback/what have you of the deaths at Munich while having sex with his wife—this is the last of several such scenes in which Avner thinks about the events at Munich, despite the fact that Avner can't possibly know what actually happened, making it all a bit strange. What makes the scene even more Narmish is that he climaxes when he imagines their actual deaths, making the viewer assume that's what gets him off.
  • Retroactive Recognition: If you hadn't already recognized Ciaran Hinds from his other HBO show, Rome (or his 20 years of other roles), you'll retroactively recognize him as Mance Rayder on Game of Thrones
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "There's no peace at the end of this."
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The deaths of the Israeli athletes as seen in the flashbacks certainly serve as such, as does the subsequent death and murder of each member of the team.
    • Ephraim refusing Avner's invitation to his house, who he feels has abandoned his nation after Avner has become completely disillusioned with the purpose behind all of the blood he was asked to shed and now can no longer bring himself to return to Israel.
    • Avner's reminder to Ephraim that nothing they've done has stopped the cycle of violence that led to the Munich massacre, and that worse is surely coming regardless of what they do; as the men part ways, our final view of New York City comes to focus upon the newly-completed World Trade Center.