Published on January 19th, 2015 | by Tarzan and Jane
American Hero: On Point
Tarzan and Jane here, from the middle of the Pacific. Our latest review is Clint Eastwood‘s American Sniper staring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. A true story about Chris Kyle, a Navy Seal from 1999 to 2009 who served four tours of duty in Iraq in service to his country and fellow service men and women. Tarzan was especially interested in seeing this movie.
Tarzan . . . This was an intense movie from beginning to end. Bradley Cooper’s best performance ever topping both stints in American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook establishing him as one of the best actors world-wide. It was a sad ending to an incredible storied life; Eastwood and Cooper both held this story closely and paid homage to a proud American. It’s a definite must-see. 9 vines.
Jane . . . I’d seen the previews for this movie and being a fan of both Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper, I was willing to see this movie; I knew very little about the story of Chris Kyle so wasn’t sure what to expect other than the context Tarzan provided before our viewing. What I didn’t expect was the initial intensity in which the audience was thrust into the opening seen, as though we were caught in the cross-hairs of a sniper rifle. From the get-go, the narrative moved forward, spiraling like a a ladder, building upon previous information to drive home who our hero was as a person. From a Texas Country Boy, to a defender of the weak, to a man who loved his wife, and a man who held the responsibility of his brotherhood close to his heart, this movie paid tribute to the men (and their families) who give of themselves so completely to not only one another but in the name of their love of country as they face the horrors of war. Bradley Cooper’s turn as Chris Kyle was nothing short of amazing and he not only deserves his nod for best actor, but would deserve this award.
This isn’t a movie for someone feint of heart; many of the images are disturbing and heartbreaking, but I am ultimately glad that I saw this movie because now I have a deeper appreciation not only for Chris Kyle but also for the truth of what our service men and women’s families sacrifice in service to our country. With that said, this movie is also nominated for an Oscar as best picture. This isn’t the best film I have seen this year. While good with excellent acting, a clean script, and deft sound editing, there were moments I wondered about the decisions made from the underscore in spots, the use of a fake baby as a prop, and the backstory scenes that seemed oversimplified and trite. Despite my nit-picky thoughts, it’s a movie worth seeing. 8.5 Vines.