Howdy people of the internet and welcome to this blog post. On Wednesday I went to the cinema and a triple film session (which was great by the way), so now I’m going to give you the first of 3 film reviews that I’ll post today, beginning with American Sniper. Now this is a film I’ve heard a lot of about especially since the Oscar nominations came out, so I thought I’d watch it and see what the deal was.
This film is based on the life of Chris Kyle, the most lethal marksman in U.S. military history and if tracks his life on and off of the battlefield. We get to see him find love, start a family, but also kill people and experience the psychological issues that come with fighting in war. I feel like there are a lot of great elements in this film, but it does feel a little generic, and while it tries to paint a picture of war and the grey areas of conflict, it doesn’t always work because most times it feels very black and white; America good Iraq bad. And while it never gets too violent for me, no matter how times you see death illustrated in war films, it doesn’t get any easier to watch when you see these people getting killed because you know it happened in real life. I also like Clint Eastwood’s direction and for the most part this is his best film since Gran Torino.
As for the cast the only people that matter is Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller because everyone has such a lack of screen time and are underdeveloped, that when they come along you have no emotional connection to them at all. Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle was great, he’s a loyal man who wants to fight for his country and do good, and while he loves his wife and family, after a while he starts to get lost in the violence of war. While I wouldn’t call this Cooper’s best performance to date, I would say that it is a solid and convincing one for sure. As for Sienna Miller as Taya Renae Kyle she’s good in her role too. Taya is a smart, confident and shy kind of woman who is a great counterbalance to Chris personality-wise, it’s like she’s his rock and can bring him back to reality when he comes back from war. When it comes to presentation visually the film looks pretty and has some great shots of scenery and the soundtrack by is awesome. Now I’ve heard about some controversy surrounding this film for its level of realism, but since I don’t know the exact details of what happened, I can’t really comment on the matter.
In conclusion American Sniper was a little by the numbers with some of the story elements, but overall I still found it enjoyable, dramatic and the central performance from Bradley Cooper is great.
So have you seen American Sniper and if so what did you think of it? Please be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀