If I was writing a one word review – that would conclude it.
The range of different angles American Sniper takes on war, love, patriotism, life & everything else in between is outstanding. I believe Clint Eastwood’s goal while directing the true story of Navy Seal Sniper, Chris Kyle is to make you uncomfortable; to make you think.
This film quickly takes you through 4 tours in Iraq a human being took, while capturing the lives he took. You follow him through hell and then request to go back. It captures the change that takes place in people who serve our country & their families.
American Sniper does not sensationalize Chris Kyle’s life. It does not paint a picture of a proud hero. The film portrays an extremely patriotic, skilled man who struggles internally to balance his need to protect our country’s freedom & his pure human emotions from doing the unthinkable.
Bradley Cooper does an exceptional job characterizing the despair & devotion Chris Kyle had running through his veins. There will be moments you will think he is an awful husband & father. There will be times he’s your own personal American Hero. There will be moments you will want to turn away and be unable. There will be a time when the movie is over and you sit in silence, taking it all in.
Clint Eastwood has directed over 30 movies that all seem to possess a Mr-Eastwood-Feel; American Sniper is no different.
There are camera angles & lines spoken that left me wondering how many takes it took to capture a moment that made me feel right there. The story moves quickly through his experiences yet manages to leave very little to the imagination. For the first time I conceptualized what war is like. The unimaginable has been brought to my attention in the form of a pastime. Very rarely do I feel anxious to watch a movie for the second time; additionally, American Sniper may be the only reason I watch the Oscars this year.
It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don’t regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn’t save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I’m not naive, and I don’t romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job.