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Friday, January 23, 2015

American Sniper is a good but sad real life subject film, B+

What: movie review
Who: American Sniper
When: January 2015
Where: Oswego, NY
Why: as part of the Oscar Race 2014/15

All movie goers need to know before heading into this film is that it's directed by Clint Eastwood and it's about a real life subject from the Iraq war. That should automatically let you know it's going to be visually and powerful throughout the film.
Everyone's favorite actor Bradley Cooper is perfectly fit as American war hero Chris Kyle, and he does a splendid acting job. Although it's not his best performance he's ever done, Cooper convinces you in almost every scene of the hard ships Kyle went through during the war and at home with his wife and later his children. The movie signifies a return for Eastwood as a dominant Hollywood film maker.
Like most war movies, American Sniper isn't a perfect film-it has some drawbacks.
It takes a while to get going, and there is almost too many 'extra' war scenes in the film. It would have been nice to have scenes on Kyle's life expanded outside of Iraq, despite that being the main message of the film. The film also makes out as us, the Americans the ultimate good heroes and the Iraqi people and soldiers complete scumbags and evil, which might oppose certain ethnic groups and peace groups.
Despite the drawbacks, Cooper does an almost perfect acting performance as Kyle, and together with Clint Eastwood, the two make the film.


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