I was initially hesitant about seeing American Sniper. I love a good action film as much as anyone, but the politics of director Clint Eastwood put me off as I dislike watching political agendas on both sides of the argument. However, the film was a pleasant surprise, as it largely strayed from judgment.
American Sniper certainly isn’t the living legend’s best work to date, on the scale of Gran Torino or The Changeling. But it is a well-done action film and Bradley Cooper definitely deserves the nomination.
Following the main career highlights of real life Navy S.E.A.L, Chris Kyle, played by Cooper; the film showcases the pre 9/11 Middle East situation to the aftermath. Interplaying his personal and professional lives, the movie follows Kyle up until the moment of his death. The movie has a lot of shoot ’em up scenes and heartfelt sentiments about Kyle’s love and duty and for his country—despite his reticence to talk about his feelings.
Interestingly enough, many of the more poignant moments aren’t only during Kyle’s interactions with his wife, but also in the midst of war, with his buddies. But the really sappy part is saved for the end credits, which is interspersed with footage of the real Kyle’s life and funeral.
Cooper showcases his talent not only in his much talked about bulked up physical appearance for the role, but also in his mannerisms and perfect Texas accent, which he never loses for a moment. Kyle’s wife, played by Sienna Miller is almost unrecognizable as a brunette and you’ll recognize many of Kyle’s fellow soldiers from this and that.
American Sniper is currently playing at the ArcLight Pasadena at the Gold Coast Cinemas theaters. For show times go to www.arclightcinemas.com.