“Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.”
American Sniper is a really good movie, that is one step short of being a great movie. It may or may not be Brady Coopers best work yet, I have yet to decide, but he really is very good here. He does well to manage not just his accent but his mannerisms and his facial expressions to pull of the Texan native. The movie tries to maintain a balance between the Chris Kyle in war, and him at home, and what each does to him over time. The directing here is also very good, but it seems a bit voiceless. Like I understand the image of him that they wish to portray, but if you asked me who I thought directed this movie, I would have no idea. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, just I think it was one of the missing details to push this film a bit higher, like the Black Hawk Downs that have come before it. The other roles in the movie are well acted also, but no one has nearly as much development as the lead, which also isn’t a bad thing, it just makes the story feel a bit more linear. So overall this is a very good movie. Well acted, well directed and solid on all fronts, I don’t however think it’s worth its best picture nomination.
Review Score : 8.5 out of 10