I know I am a man for peace. And against war.
I know I am a man who supports the soldiers who fight for our country, without question.
The conflict within those two beliefs reared its emotional and complicated head in my stomach again as I sat with hundreds of other folks rapt in attention at the very first widespread screening late Friday morning of “American Sniper,” the sure-to-be-blockbuster movie directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller.
The entire theater was extremely quiet throughout the whole film. No cheers, jeers, or rustle of papers.
You can read my review of “American Sniper,” which is up for six Oscars, in today’s installment of my weekly Film Review blog on the Syracuse New Times site by clicking the link below.
As most people know, the movie is taken from the life of Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL credited with the most confirmed kills in U.S. military history. His sniper shots and the fatality of the 21st Century War on Terror are marched relentlessly across the screen by Eastwood and Cooper, as are the resulting effects on life back home by Cooper and his wife, played by Miller.
Kyle was considered a legend by the troops. And his countrymen. All that killing and serving and protecting. on the flip side of this particular battle, Eastwood’s direction also showed a sniper for the terrorists, as well as a downed compatriot hoisted and carried through the streets as a hero for their protecting and serving their cause.
Confliction and contrasts. So much to consider.
Do you plan to see “American Sniper,” and what are your thoughts about the movie going in? Do you think movies about war generally glorify battle or make people weight the consequences? What’s your favorite war movie, and why?