American Sniper - RWC Review
A good war movie, that is to say the realistic and cautionary tale that is well crafted hurts to watch. A good dramatic romance tells the human tale of the couple and their journey well. This is a rare movie that holds true to both it’s genres and it’s characters deeply. Yes, it hurts, but in the tough love lesson kind of way. Bradley Cooper performed the role near flawlessly. Owned it.
Critics of the war or the military or even Chris Kyle himself will be confronted with both the things well understood to have been wrong in Iraq and a highly professional soldier. Doing a morally perilous job in a follows orders and conscience wary way. Some say this glorifies the sniper frankly I don’t see that at all.
When he breaks orders, it’s following the larger mission to protect our soldiers. A sniper sent not deep behind enemy lines but just ahead of ours to engage a suicidal insurgency and protect our guys looking for hard core terrorists.
Directed by Clint Eastwood, his deft hand in the tall chair really shows. No stranger to war productions he paces this story back and forth well. From war zone to those heartrending realities of home and family. Showing the heartrending raw competition with the war for one mans full attention. The quality of the writing lets us forget for about two hours how this story ends in tragedy at home. Crisp editing that let the best scenes breath in and out serves us the emotions with alacrity and grace.
In a display of real class, Chris Kyle was given an obviously posthumous executive producer credit. That’s a great thing as financial support for his wife and kids.