American Sniper (2014) – Encore Review


american sniper“You’re my husband, you’re the father of my children. Even when you’re here, you’re not here. I see you, I feel you, but you’re not here.” – Taya Renae Kyle

Number of Times Seen – 2 (11 Jan 2015 and 22 Feb 2015)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – The true story of one of the deadliest American military men in history and how he chose to use his skills to help save American lives in Iraq while trying to keep his sanity and family together at the same time.

My Take on it – I can’t understand why there has been such a backlash against this movie.

Clint Eastwood made an amazingly patriotic movie that doesnt question whether we need to fight in the war on terror or not, but rather it just shows how one patriotic man dealt with having to do his job and get back home to his family.

One of my favorite movies is The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) which shows the struggle of war veterans upon their return home. In that movie, it only deals with the soldiers lives post-war.

This movie spends most its time showing the struggles of Chris Kyle during his time in Iraq, but the final act deals with his difficulties (along with so many other veterans) once they return to civilian life.

It does a great job of creating a combination of an action movie with a drama about returning veterans and the long process they must overcome to finally return to their real lives.

Bradley Cooper did a wonderful job portraying the real life hero and definitely deserved his third consecutive Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

This is a very moving and patriotic movie.

Bottom Line – Very patriotic message that also shows the difficulties veterans face once they return home. Cooper is great and definitely deserved his Oscar nomination for Best Actor for the third consecutive year. Very moving movie! Highly recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The real Chris Kyle once said that if there is a filmmaker that would make a film about him, it would only be Clint Eastwood and no one else. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)

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9 thoughts on “American Sniper (2014) – Encore Review

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  2. There’s been backlash against this movie b/c Chris Kyle is an idiot for leaving his family time and again. Who does that? The first tour, that’s your duty. I get it. Second tour, okay you’re moved by what you experienced and feel the duty to do it again. Fine. Third and fourth? Really?

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    • That a bit harsh Tom. Dont think I’d call him an idiot for that. He became an expert at something and those skills are only useful in a warzone. He could relate better to that than to his family. That’s the tragedy of it all

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      • idiot is the wrong word, and I think I mostly refer to the way Cooper presents the character. Obviously I never knew the real Chris Kyle. I might benefit from reading the book. 🙂

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