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American Sniper

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes

Release Date: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

MPAA Rating: R

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  1. Annie  •  Jan 19, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Dang,everything you said was true, however……there was some non attention to detail that threw me off. I must be just too too picky. But why? Why have fake looking doll baby for scenes that could’ve easily used a real baby?? Why have Sienna Miller cry without tears? (She had “real” tears once or twice but the other times her acting was horrible). Why have Cooper sport an underbite, Kyle didn’t have one and it tends to make one look goofy, as well it sounded like mumbling half the time. I’m just too picky, but I find things like that distracting. It was good but I wish it was better.

    • jun  •  Jan 28, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      I noticed that ‘baby’ and the ‘no tears’. Truly bothersome. I wonder why they did not get a baby… Will this affect the overall ratings at the Oscars?

      But i loved the movie. I wasn’t gonna see it at first. I’m glad I did.

  2. Jim Ainslie  •  Feb 1, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I could see where all the libs and commies that run our govt and news reporting would hate this movie. I loved it and I think it was very real and good. The end was great too. Everyone was shocked and stunned and it got real quiet on the way out. I of course was bawling like a big baby.

  3. John T. Jernberg  •  Feb 6, 2015 at 4:31 am

    I agree with the review. Have seen, and enjoyed the film. Cooper is fabulous as Chris Kyle. I was also impressed by Sienna Miller and the entire cast. Great work done by all–especially Clint Eastwood, whom I remember was not in favor of the Iraq war. Nevertheless, he depicted many truths of that deadly situation, plus the difficulty that the war brought to soldiers and their families alike, and if people hate to think about such things, then they should just stay home and watch American Idol or another Obama speech.

  4. Anne Olan  •  Feb 11, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I haven’t seen this movie but have read about Kyle and the trial of his “sniper,” the fellow veteran he was attempting to help recover from psychological trauma following his, that veteran’s return from duty. I’m troubled by suggestions that this movie is being lauded as a glorification, not so much of Chris Kyle, but of his professional duties and actions—making being a sniper something to be envied and admired. I doubt Eastwood would feel complimented by that characterization of the movie or its subject. Additionally, and with a self-caveat for having not seen the movie, I find it astonishing that not much is mentioned in the “chat” surrounding this movie– about P.T.S.D. Is it my understanding that to counsel folks back from P.T.S.D., Kyle took them to rifle ranges? This would seem to be against all medical and ethical advice regarding P.T.S.D. The bitter irony that Kyle was then shot by a veteran experiencing the horrible conditions of P.T.S.D. whom he was attempting to “help,” makes this story — not the movie — but the reality it’s based on — a tragedy of a kind that evokes the immediacy of that notion that ‘truth is stranger than fiction,’ in the saddest of possible contexts. I’ve heard that Eastwood, when asked what he thought of Michael Moore’s and other critics of the movies’ supposed glorification(s) of violence, answered only: “they’re right.” For this reason those folks who say things like “commies” and “this government” won’t “like the movie” are doing a final and more damaging disservice to Eastwood and his movie than any critic(s) could since that suggests Kyle’s character is one dimensional, a cartoon hero and that war and its ravages on soldiers serving their country is not examined with depth by Eastwood. etc. Since only an us/them mentality would ever dismiss an intelligent drama as something an entire U.S. government and portion of the population will ‘hate’ sight unseen, I have to assume the writer of that comment saw a movie he hoped Eastwood was making….one that would “rile” ‘commies.’ As for the cartoon-izing (if you will) of a war drama, I dare say Clint Eastwood is a fine film maker and I’m going to bet he would not take kindly to a depiction of himself and his movie as one that simplifies war or glosses over the suffering and conflicts it entails —even or perhaps most especially for — the ones we put in harm’s way — marksmen to novice soldiers, who are all of them, heroes. Shame on those who would try to find yet another way to divide Americans amongst themselves. By that of course, I’m not referring to Clint Eastwood!!

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