“The deadliest marksman in U.S. military history”(Ben Kenber) is what most critics have to say after watching the movie American Sniper. This famous movie is about the life of Chris Kyle who was a American marksmen who took his talents to lraq saving hundreds of American solders lives. The Hollywood hit shined a lot of light of which American solders go through during their time serving their country. The problems shown throughout the movie go from having PTSD to having family problems from simple not being able to be there for their family. This film made by Clint Eastwood has a huge hit in American and not only inspires us Americans and myself to be able to see what some people sacrifice for my freedom. To have a great documentary you need to have a great cast which was wisely picked by director Clint Eastwood. The main characters are Bradley Cooper and Senna Miller who were able to show us a great description of who the American Sniper really was.
Ben Kenber was a critic who was able to focus on the real morality of the movie American Sniper. Kenber thinks that director Clint Eastwood did not focus at all on the fact if we should have been in Iraq in the first place. He really seemed to focus on the fact that we were there, like it or not, in the first place and seemed to be most interested in what the solders went through while in deployment and their lives at home when not in deployment. All of these moments in my eyes seemed to be captured greatly by actor Bradly Cooper who worked very hard in the weight room in order to give us viewers a even close resemblance of Chris Kyle. Kenber thinks that Cooper should be at least nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Chris Kyle. Kenber goes on to talk about Bradly Coopers acting performance when saying, “he fearlessly shows us the weight he ends up carrying after killing so many people for better and/or for worse”. As it sounds in the quote this isn’t an easy thing to act out. They capture a moment like in a scene where Cooper(Chris Kyle) is forced to shoot a kid because he is trying to run a grenade into a group of American Solders. Bradly Cooper then shows signs of remorse and sadness after having being forced to shoot a kid. You can tell not only by his facial expressions but a solder next to him says “that was a great kill”, Cooper is quick to respond with telling him to shut the hell up, showing that he has no pride in following through with such an act. Kenber goes on to talk about the movie as a whole and thought it was a miracle that PTSD was mentioned throughout the film. Us viewers are able to see this while Bradly Cooper would hear sounds that would remind him of the horrors he witnessed in Iraq. It also would lead to his death when Bradly Cooper was ironically trying to help solders with PTSD, he was killed by a man with this philological disease.
To wrap up his paper Kenbar says that this movie wasn’t about whether we should be there or not. We need to thank these solders for protecting our freedom. What I can say about the movie is that Clint Eastwood shows us a man who went to war and came home with PTSD and clearly needed help overcoming it but ends up being able to help others with this disease. His death at such a young age was truly tragic and no matter how you look at the film, Clint Eastwood reminds us of the respect we owe these people for doing things that some of us could never do.
Chris Sawin seems to think that this movie is more focused on that war changes people. The movie seems to highlight that there is no thicker bond then the solder besides you. “It seems heartless and inhumane to think that a man can lose every part of him that made him human because of a war and yet he’s still like one of the guys when he’s around other veterans; that’s what “American Sniper” seems to illustrate”. The things that these solders have to do in order to protect American citizens and the people they love is very extreme. Things that most people would never be able to do. As we watch Cooper playing Chris Kyle lose a part of himself every time he is forced to take a life in Iraq we cant help but realize these sacrifices. The sacrifices of spending over a thousand days without seeing his wife and kids and missing the days where they probably needed him most. Kyle try’s as much as he can to come home but when he is home all he can realize is that even though he is not there in Iraq the war isn’t over. After his final tour in Iraq Kyle is almost complete shut out from the world because of the horrors he has witnessed. Finally he gets help for his PTSD and is able to actually help others overcome this mental illness.
Sawin finishes his essay with a bittersweet moment. He thinks that the acting done by Bradley Cooper is admirable and really shows us Americans respect for the things these people have to go through in order to protect us. Sawin went on to finish his paper in saying that the movie was a very accurate description of Chris Kyles life and is great in that aspect of honoring a American hero but the movie as a whole was just irrelevant. Sawin realizes what good can come from a shining a insignificant spotlight on this. A man who made his country proud only to be killed by another solder back home. Truly a bittersweet film.
In the end the film American Sniper was in my eyes a accurate movie of who Chris Kyle was. Eastwood’s movie American Sniper showed us Americans a great depiction of what these people go through in their lives. Starting from the horrors that they witness in Iraq to the struggles that they come home with. I thought that this movie should tell us Americans that we really should be showing the respect they disserve no matter how we feel about the war itself and secondly we should remember Chris Kyle as the hero he was. Remembering him for the honor he served his country with from saving lives in Iraq, to helping solder overcome their PTSD back home, and being a father himself.
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