Genre Guesstimation – American Sniper (2014) – Encore Review 2

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Nick Rehak of French Toast Sunday and we will be reviewing our favorite Biographical Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Nick!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Biographical Films……

“If you think that this war isn’t changing you you’re wrong. You can only circle the flames so long.” – Taya Renae Kyle

Number of Times Seen – 3 Times (11 Jan 2015, 22 Feb 2015 and 10 May 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Story of the life of famed American sniper Chris Kyle as he became the sniper with most kills ever by a US serviceman.

My Take on it – Great and powerful story that comes across quite emotionally the whole way through.

Bradley Cooper does an amazing job transforming himself into this larger than life man and it comes across so realistically the whole way through.

The story doesn’t pull any punches and they show the ups and downs of his life along the way.

They do manage to show how this kind of tense and stressful work could affect someone in so many ways both on emotional and personal levels.

Clint Eastwood does a nice job directing this film that it feels so patriotic the entire way through.

The different events that we see along the way during his tour of duty is able to show the viewer a nice perspective on the tragic and powerful situations that these fighting men need to face during their service and how difficult it can be on them to reintegrate into society afterwards.

Love the way that this film doesn’t question whether this is a just war or not, but deals with the facts of how true patriots like Chris Kyle did their duty no matter the difficulty of the situation.

This film garnered Bradley Cooper his 3rd consecutive Best Actor Oscar nomination and this is by far the best performance among his trio of nominations.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Chris Kyle’s father personally told Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper that he would “unleash Hell” if his son’s memory was disrespected in this movie. He also said that Eastwood and Cooper were “men he could trust.” (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not quite. Great story that is quite emotional, but it falls slightly short along the way.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (slight downgrade from original review)


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