Friday, January 16, 2015
American Sniper Review: Powerful Tribute to The Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. History
The film follows the story of Chris Kyle (portrayed by Bradley Cooper) as we see how Kyle found his way into the military which then lead him into the War in Iraq. American Sniper goes through all of Kyle's tour in Iraq and how he gained the name "The Legend" thanks to his skills at being a marksman. The plot to American Sniper is a character driven story if I have ever seen one. Most of the story deals with Chris Kyle's four tours in Iraq, and the movie captures those moments to the best of its ability. The story also had an interesting structure. Oppose to seeing Kyle's tours play out in their entirety, the plot captured the critical moments of each tour and then jump to Chris' life outside of Iraq. Now this was not bad thing as showing Chris Kyle's full tours would take to long. Yet how these scenes transitioned between one another was interesting as the film could take you right out of the action in Iraq and back to the states where the drama continued to build. Nevertheless, the plot to American Sniper was effective as it captured then intensity of war as well as the tension of Chris Kyle's army career.
Gazing at the film's cinematography, American Sniper certainly looked like a Clint Eastwood movie. That statement makes sense as cinematographer Tom Stern teamed up with Eastwood yet again to capture the look of American Sniper. Stern's involvement is by no means a bad thing as the cinematography fit the film's concept as well as captured its atmosphere. Something that surprised me about American Sniper was the movie's score as there was little to no music. Actually, there was no score for this war film. The lack of music was actually a good move on the filmmakers' part as the silence added to American Sniper's tense moments. The technical factors to American Sniper were subtle to say the least, but this move only strengthen Eastwood's direction as it allowed this war movie to stand out.
I am not sure how accurate American Sniper really is to the story of Chris Kyle, but I can say is that this war film is one that I will not forget. The movie captured the drama of war as well as how it affects the soldiers involved; as well as their loved ones. With Clint Eastwood's keen direction and Bradley Coopers astonishing performance, American Sniper is a tough as nails war film that, in my opinion, captured the story of a true soldier.