Tuesday, January 27, 2015

American Sniper

Mr B and I took in this flick yesterday aft. Quite good.

If original director Steven Spielberg had not resigned from the project and Clint Eastwood not taken over, it might have been one more Hollywood film where the US military men are either victims or criminals.

The trailer sets up some of the tensions. The two sides have quite different norms about what constitutes acceptable behavior. I am led to wonder if most men raised in the West these days are capable of being warriors.

Bradley Cooper reveals himself to be a good actor. He normally plays more lightweight types, but was convincing as a tough Navy Seal from Texas. Chris Kyle, on whose life this movie is based, was neither a victim nor a criminal. He was a soldier.


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