Klown Movie Review: American Sniper

Short version: AWESOME!

The Atlantic:

The best thing you can say about American Sniper, which enters into wide release today after an official, Oscar-contention-timed premiere in December and a long period of controversy and critical praise, is that it is, above all, complex. Painfully, productively complex. It revels in its own ambiguities, ethical and otherwise—and this, in a world of bumper-sticker morality and patriotic pablum, is itself a significant achievement.

Based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, the movie is simple in its form: It’s a character study of a single, and singular, soldier. It tells the story of Chris Kyle—played, subtly and powerfully, by Bradley Cooper—and his path to record-breaking lethality: a childhood spent as (as Kyle put it in the book) a “regular redneck,” a young adulthood spent on the rodeo circuit. The embassy bombings of 1998— “look what they did to us,” Cooper’s Kyle tells his brother, as the footage of the wreckage plays on TV—led him to enlist as a Navy SEAL, quickly distinguishing himself for his prowess with a sniper rifle.

Then came 9/11. Kyle deployed. He proved to be exceptionally skilled at the job he’d signed up for. If you were to tally it up—and Kyle became famous because many people have—Kyle officially killed 160 people over his four tours of duty in Iraq. If you include probable kills, the number jumps to 225.

If you’re aiming to create a film that explores the wrenching moral complexities of war, it’s hard to imagine a better character to focus on than a sniper. A sniper, after all—an almost mythical union of man and gun, a modern-day mixture of centaur and centurion—is the closest the military has come to creating a human killing machine. The sniper may, like other soldiers, be subject to the cold anonymities of bombs and bullets. But his mission is specialized, and personalized. He finds his target, moving and warm. He aims. He “eliminates” and “neutralizes” and every other euphemism we use to separate the logic of war from the logic of murder. The result, though, is the same: The sniper ends lives. And through that work—as Kyle in his book, and Clint Eastwood in his film, repeatedly emphasize—he saves lives, too.

I’ve like Clint Eastwood since his days making spaghetti westerns, but he’s even a better director than an actor. (My mom tells me that my grandma liked watching Rawhide because of that cute Rowdy Yates.) American Sniper is Clint Eastwood’s best movie yet. The real Oscars snub wasn’t Selma, it was the failure to nominate Clint for best director.

Bradley Cooper deserves an Oscar for his portrayal of Chris Kyle. The physical resemblance is incredible, as is Sienna Miller’s resemblance of Kaya Kyle. But it’s almost eerie the way Cooper becomes Chris Kyle – he doesn’t look or sound like the Bradley Cooper we’ve come to know.

American Sniper is a great movie. It’s a powerful story, compellingly told. Don’t drink a lot of fluids because you won’t want to have to go pee and miss something. (I missed his son being born.)

The story is ultimately a tragedy – it ends with actual footage from Kyle’s memorial service. When the credits rolled, people clapped.

This isn’t like a John Wayne war movie – you don’t leave the theater ready to enlist and go kill bad guys. This may be the most realistic war movie ever made. It’s gory at times, but not unnecessarily so. There are no superheroes or Hollywood heroics. It’s a bunch of regular guys fighting in a foreign land.

If you like your war movies with ambiguity and moral relativism, you’ll be disappointed. In American Sniper the Americans are the good guys and the Iraqis are the bad guys. They’re not just bad, they’re EVIL.

What the movie really is is a case study on the effect of war on the warriors. It isn’t pretty.

I give the movie 5 honks. If you only see one movie this year, go see American Sniper.


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60 Responses to Klown Movie Review: American Sniper

  1. Myiq2xu says:

  2. Myiq2xu says:

    After watching American Sniper I came to one inescapable conclusion: Jesse Ventura is a scumbag.

  3. Myiq2xu says:

    The kitties seem to like my curtains open. I tried explaining to them that the judge said I have to keep them closed, but they have no respect for authority.

    So I tried clipping them closed using some small spring clips. Taggart took that as a personal insult or challenge, because he will literally climb the curtains to attack the clips. And once Taggart succeeds in knocking the clip off, Tigger grabs the clip and runs off to play with it.

  4. HELENK3 says:


    it seems that the actors and director listened to this lady and that made the picture much better

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Thanks for the review myiq, it should be the one every liberal reads to remind them about open minds and facts 😀 Kyle saved American lives. Period. Sounds like Eastwood didn’t disappoint either. If you check out the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and iMdb, it’s definitely a left v. right kind of movie.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    More, more, more Bradley, I forgot he’s now on Broadway and the show’s a hit ! From our pals at the UK Daily Mail ……


    • DeniseVB says:

      No wonder there’s a pep in his step, Cooper is the movie’s producer, he’s not only made bankroll but much more some ! I like following this chart ….


      Refresh as I think it updates in real time. It’s fun to see a movie’s budget, then the total they’re bringing in. Selma’s doing okay, made budget plus some through today. Birdman and Theory of Everything made bank too, forgot the other nom.

  7. 1539days says:

    I plan to see it next week. Besides the lawsuit with the feather boa guy, there was a lot of leftist glee when Chris Kyle was shot on a target range. It wasn’t by accident, it was by someone he was trying to help but instead just wanted Kyle’s truck.

    In previous wars, snipers often shot at other snipers trying to take out key military personnel. One reason Kyle got so many kills is that he also had to shoot the suicide bombers who were trying to take out large groups of people, military or civilian. The Vietnamese did that too. If you ever wonder what the difference is between the US and her enemies, America’s lack of suicide bombers is a good starting point.

    • DeniseVB says:

      The sad truth, My Lai should have been how the war would have been won. The VC hid behind women and children in all the villages. The villagers let them to survive, when the VC no longer needed them, they killed them all anyhow. Communism/Islamism/Fuckism …. it’s all brutal, sometimes you have to kill them all.

      The tragedy that was Hiroshima sent that message home, and perhaps saved many more American and Japanese lives in the long run.

  8. Myiq2xu says:

    This one is for Dandy Tiger:

  9. SHV says:

    “In previous wars, snipers often shot at other snipers trying to take out key military personnel.”
    Probably the most “lethal” US sniper was Carlos Hathcock with >300 “kills” during Vietnam War but only 93 were confirmed. In order for a kill to be “confirmed”, it needs to be observed by a third person who is an officer. Most of Hathcock’s kills were behind enemy lines and no officer was crazy enough to go with him. The book is “Marine Sniper”.

  10. foxyladi14 says:

    Great review, Thanks. 🙂

  11. DeniseVB says:

    Phew, need a fun break. Is there anyone funnier than Kate McKinnon doing Justin Beiber ? I didn’t think so 😉

  12. leslie says:

    If anyone goes to see “Birdman”, stay to the end of the credits where they say that 12,000 jobs were created in the making of the movie. One of my Prog friends said, “but the jobs were only temporary.” So I said, “Working is better than begging in the street or standing in the unemployment line.” She’s not usually a glass half-empty kind of person. But she is a Prog.

    • leslie says:

      I felt bad for Rogers. He was obviously in distress. The look in his eyes and his drawn face – not to mention he couldn’t run – only limp. I wanna beat the cr*p out of Suh for his cheap shots this season.

  13. westcoaster says:

    SNL cold open (Kenan Thompson played the ghost of MLK): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ_jp11WxC8

  14. DandyTIger says:

  15. angienc says:

    Just saw it — best war movie I’ve seen since The Bridge on the River Kwai. Great story, great acting, great direction.
    Bradley Cooper deserves that Oscar nomination for sure.
    Clint already has two best director Oscar wins, but yeah, he should have been nominated as well.
    I’m loving that the America-hating asshats in Hollywood are GOBSMACKED at how well it’s opened; meanwhile Oprah has been buying tickets to give to black churches and busing people in to see Selma to hide how poorly it’s doing — maybe she should stop trying to re-write history and the tickets would sell themselves.

  16. HELENK3 says:


    does anyone know how many American lives Chris Kyle saved doing his job?
    screw the hollywood libs

  17. Myiq2xu says:

    Well today sucked. Green Bay choked and Indy flatlined.

    BTW – if you phone rang and the caller ID said “Breast Cancer” would you answer?

    • elliesmom says:

      The rain sort of dampened the celebrations here, but we decided to visit the local pub in spite of the game. We left after the Seahawk win. So we’re going to have the battle of the blue states. In a red state. That should be interesting. lol The first game was more interesting. The second was a bit of a rout.

      • leslie says:

        Yes. The Packers game was “interesting” – a nail-biter in the end. I was unhappy with the results…………..I turned away from the Pats game to watch Downton Abbey and the Masterpiece Mystery, “Grantchester”. Both were more interesting than the Pats game. And had better endings than the Packers game.

    • leslie says:

      My phone keeps ringing with the caller ID saying “Philadelphia” or “Pennsylvania”. I didn’t realize we were such good friends.

  18. mcnorman says:

    Have not been to the movie theater in over a decade. This one is worth the money. Clint Eastwood did a superb job.

  19. John Denney says:

    “He “eliminates” and “neutralizes” and every other euphemism we use to separate the logic of war from the logic of murder.”
    In other words, killing those who intend to kill us is murder, but we just don’t call it that.
    Yeah, right.
    With that “logic”, it was murder when we shot down Kamikaze planes in WWII.

  20. HELENK3 says:

    I grew up when “Hollywood” liked America and made movies that respected those who fought for us. Stars went on bond tours, visited the wounded and went overseas to help lift the morale of our troops.
    Today a few Hollywood stars do that , but not very many. They enjoy the freedom but hate the people who allow them to keep that freedom. Has anyone ever asked the “Hollywood” people what would happen to them in a muslim terrorist world?

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