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A Review Of Clint Eastwood's American Sniper....
A Review of Clint Eastwood's American Sniper....
It is not my norm to go and see a movie, much less to review it, weeks after its debut; however, because of the Midas success of the 'American Sniper' movie and the fact that this movie, opened in the month of January where movies go to die, save for competing for Oscar nominations, are giving Far-Left Democrats much angst, I was compelled to go against my norm. I thank the Lord and director Clint Eastwood/cast that I went to see American Sniper, a true story based on the life of the Navy Seal, Chris Kyle, because it has made it into my top-ten movies of all time.
Speaking of Clint Eastwood, who knew that the elder auteur had another Magnum Opus in his holster, and make no mistake, as good as Eastwood's 'Unforgiven' was and is, American Sniper is a far, far more superior movie. American Sniper is like the King Solomon's Proverb that spoke on the theme that there is a time for everything: a time to laugh and a time to weep.... And so it is that American Sniper, starring the brilliant Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, should dominate the pending Oscar season with wins, but it probably will not... which, I will address later in this blog.
I have made splendid movie-award predictions in this forum before, and indeed, I have garner a modicum of respect for my reviews. For American Sniper, the lauding we are hearing from critics and movie goers is well deserved because, as I have alluded to in invoking one of King Solomon's famous Proverb, the sheer balance of the script, superbly written by Jason Hall. For instance, let's take the 'Black' humor, not only is it belly-achingly funny, but it is also surreal because, most of the laughter happened in a war zone, especially since it is based on reality. Take the scene where Mr. Kyle is driving down Baghdad with his bud and they are discussing his bud's buying of an engagement ring from an, apparent, Iraqi street vendor and the soldier wanting to pawn it off to his lady, as though the ring came from Zales' jewelry. Another humorous scene is when Mr. Kyle, along with his brother, walked in on his living girlfriend literally having sex with another man, upon which, his brother, in deadpan mode, asked Mr. Kyle: "So when is the wedding" or when the Mr. Kyle is conveying to his would-be wife that the difference between Rednecks and Texans is that the latter does not want to have sex with his sister.
I would be remised if I did not write about the heroism of Mr. Kyle... who was a Navy Seal and veritable, lethal killing machine. No one has more sniper kills than Mr. Kyle, as an American sniper in the history of the Armed Forces. It must be noted that Mr. Kyle did four tours - count them, four tours, in Iraq... laying down lethal cover so that the Infantry could do its job of going house to house to kill the enemy; so good was Mr. Kyle in killing enemy soldiers that he was known as 'Legend' among his fellow soldiers, and, moreover, there was a sizeable bounty placed on his head by the Iraqis. Make no mistake, the naked bloody, brutality of war - even the killing of children who were manning weapons and engaging in acts of terrorism had to be killed by Mr. Kyle. So rampant was evil - witness a drill being used on a pubescent boy - was on the part of some of the enemies in the Iraqi theatre that it gave credence for the reason why Mr. Kyle saw the enemy as pure evil, of course, to the chagrin of many Far-Left Liberals.
Speaking of Far-Left-Liberals, many of them are up in arms that the American Sniper movie is a runaway success because they thought that their lying, cowardly, narrative would hold sway about the root causes of the last Iraqi war. You remember the slogan 'no war for oil' when said oil was being sold for close to $4.00 dollars a gallon then. When that did not work, they said that Bush lied, when, almost, every Democratic elected politician believed that there were weapons of mass-destruction in Iraq- go and do some basic research and prove me right. These are the same Liberals who believe in murdering innocent babies through Abortion, yet have the nerve to look down on Mr. Kyle. These are the same Liberals, who, in weeks to come, will be saying what a hero/shero Bruce Jenner is for voluntarily parting with his balls and penis - a man who has fathered close to a dozen children - and whose cradle can no longer be seen in the rear-view-mirror of life, but whose grave is approaching - will be praised for becoming a so-call woman this late in his life. It is because of this twisted, perverse way of looking at life why the American Sniper movie may not win any Oscars, notwithstanding the fact that Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, and director Clint Eastwood are part of the Hollywood clique.
I mentioned that Bradley Cooper - who, I imagine and certain, would disagree with me vehemently for the contents of the last paragraph, nevertheless, did a splendid job in portraying Mr. Kyle. There is one seminal, Oscar-worthy scene where Mr. Kyle has shot an Iraqi soldier and the weapon that the soldier had intended to use to harm our troops had fallen from his dying hands. I spoke earlier about how surreal that the war theatre was in Iraq and this scene also showed it... whereby, the fallen enemy soldier had taken his young son with him, and, when he was shot, that son tried to finish his father's mission. The emotions on Mr. Cooper's face, pleading with his eyes for the boy not make him kill him like the father is an acting tour-de-force to behold. After that scene, one will be left, like Mr. Cooper in character, quietly weeping, as men/soldiers do, which is akin to 'bottled lightning and quiet thunder.'
The movie covers the aftermath of war and the salient irony of a man who have to kill children, yet must come home and hug his own children; it also underscores that the scars of wars do not have to be visible and that simply watching children play, in the confines of relative peaceful playground in Texas, can trigger the lethal, warrior mentality. American Sniper shows the devastating toll 'Serving' can have on a marriage... wives, like that of Mr. Kyle, played with 'Job-like-loving-patience' by Sienna Miller, can notice the little things that are different in a warrior-husband like the growing callousness of a husband's hand, perhaps, symbolic of a war-torn relationship and the emotional distance manifested by being lonely in a crowded room.
I recommend that anyone who loves this great country... to go and see American Sniper because it is a true representation of who we are. For those of you who disagree with me, here and abroad, look around you and witness that every amenity you see, borne out of our freedom and envious way of life, was made in America and if it were made elsewhere, like China, its blue prints were probably stolen from America - these freedoms/amenities are what men and women like Mr. Kyle have fought and died for. One of the ironies of life is that, sometimes, warriors do not always go out in a blaze-of-glory on the battlefield... and so it was that Mr. Kyle was murdered at home by a fellow soldier - the latter, whose mother had begged Mr. Kyle to assist and help her son to adjust from the mental ravages of war. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Kyle and the children... hoping that Mr. Kyle is resting in Christ Jesus' peace. As I conclude, there is a Billy Joel song coming to the fore... with apt lyrics that say, "Only the good die young." Whoa Legend!