Only certain movies can show a man’s deep personal problems during a war. Bradley Cooper is a stellar Chris Kyle, where throughout the movie he portrays a soldier who wants to do nothing more than help his country. Director Clint Eastwood created suspense throughout the movie and especially during a scene in which Bradley Cooper struggles to try and save an informant’s child. Eastwood made a PG movie about an R-rated subject but it still takes an un-glorified look into the man that has killed over 160 people. The damage of something like that would take a toll and that is shown throughout the movie.
American Sniper still has flaws. For one, they don’t show any of the people that Kyle killed as anything but terrorists. They barely touched on Kyle killing innocent civilians even though that must have happened. The movie doesn’t even dive deep into the political specter of the war, despite Kyle being deeply intertwined in America’s web of death in Iraq. Eastwood took a deep look into the American soldiers, but didn’t take a very deep look into their thoughts of the war.
Even with all of those flaws, American Sniper is still a thrilling, dramatic ride. When Kyle is in the battlefield he does whatever it takes to save anyone he can but when he comes back home the one person he can’t save is himself. The scenes when Kyle comes home are quite compelling as he tries to rebuild his family life. The scenes in the battlefield are electrifying and it hits very hard to start the movie as Cooper struggles with deciding whether to kill a child. The emotional pull is extraordinary and the suspense is very well done.
Overall, American Sniper is worth watching and more than deserving of its Oscar nod. American Sniper pits fighting on the battlefield between fighting just to stay sane and keep your family. American Sniper takes a shot at the way we should view snipers who end up being just as much of a victim of the wars as the men in the battlefield.