Tuesday, January 27, 2015

American Sniper: See it and decide for yourself

Bradley Cooper as a buffed up Chris Kyle, Navy Seal sniper.
American Sniper has been accused of glorifying war and the men and women who do battle. The film has also been called an anti-war movie that depicts the horrors of such conflicts.
And then, some say it's nothing more than an anti-Arab, anti-Muslim screed.

It can't have all of these contradictory themes and that's why the Movie Slut considers it a Rorshach test in which moviegoers attach their own feelings about war and soldiers.

The film is based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle, a Navy Seal sniper, who is said to have the most enemy kills in U.S. history. And yet, he's not the prototypical gung ho warrior. Actually, he was a bit off before he enlisted to go to Iraq and a total wreck after four tours of duty.

The movie is directed by Clint Eastwood whom the MS has never associated with the word "nuance" until now. He portrays Kyle as both war hero and victim.

Also interesting is the video game approach to violence. Think of the movie as four video games with a brief intro and epilogue and see how you interpret it.

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