Film Review: American Sniper

Chris Kyle’s journey through adversity was portrayed in a whirlwind of emotions in Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster film American Sniper. The film’s unique mix of cinematography, score, and excellent acting complimented each other in a way that allows the viewer to become fully immersed in the heart-wrenching story.

American Sniper provides viewers with an in-depth look at Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s adventures in his personal life, war experiences, and everyday affairs. Viewers immediately recognize Bradley Cooper’s superb acting performance. His intensity and down-to-earth mannerisms make him a natural fit for the role.

The film unabashedly shows the psychological toll war takes on some soldiers. This element is usually neglected in traditional war movies, adding a new sense of depth to American Sniper. Chris Kyle’s struggle to transition between wartime and everyday situations is an extremely poignant aspect of the film because it introduces the audience to an effect of war that is usually avoided in major films.

Although American Sniper did not win any Oscar awards, it did not underperform in terms of revenue. Earning just under 400 million dollars, American Sniper became Clint Eastwood’s highest grossing film ever.

Perhaps the most engaging aspect of American Sniper is its timeliness. Its plot unfolds during a war that is currently being fought, and the court case of Chris Kyle’s murderer is said to be decided soon. Viewers can relate to American Sniper in ways they have never been able to do with another war movie.

A truly unique war film, American Sniper is bound to entice audiences looking for a tense, heart-wrenching experience. Although it comes recommended to all, American Sniper is not simply a casual movie to see with friends. Viewers should prepare to get emotionally invested.

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