Well done. Felt like a desperate attempt to redeem Chamberlain. Iron's performance is absolutely glorious. The two main characters transmit their anxiety and frustration extremely well. The German language emerged in all its beauty. A
In place of depth, MacKay and Niewöhner invest Legat and Hartmann’s relationship with a watchable if uncomplicated friction, but it’s when the Führer himself first appears, more than half an hour into the film, that things really start to cook.
With handsome period craft, “Munich — Edge of War” makes for a watchable, engrossing historical thriller with fictional characters situated like spies around political leaders at a profoundly tense, and ultimately woefully misjudged, moment in time.
It is great movie with a lot of drama and it also has History right most of the stuff time. I 100% recommend this to anyone even if your not into that era of history or into that era at all. Good luck hope y’all like it.
George MacKay plays a young British diplomat who works for Prime Minister Chamberlain in 30s England. He's enlisted to travel with him to Munich, where they'll be meeting with **** and other world leaders. One of his former Oxford classmates (Jannis Niewöhner) works for the German government, so they plan a covert meeting in an attempt to avert World War II. The performances are compelling and it's sufficiently crafted, but the expected danger and subsequent anxiety never materializes. While the historical conference is based on fact, this fictionalized angle turns out to be more about the relationships than a tense spy thriller.
Two years ago George MacKay had already been the protagonist of "1917" and I find it interesting to compare the two films, the one on the 1st World War and this on the preparations for the 2nd. If Mendes focused on virtuosity and war horrors, Schwochow has preferred a more conventional and intense historical drama. We know what will happen after the Munich Agreement, but not so much about what happened before. Within a few years the Oxford friends were catapulted into the devastation of their projects, dreams, expectations, hopes for the future, and pointing out the fleetingness of youthful illusions provides a depth that transcends the contingency of the event in itself.