Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jake McDorman, Sienna Miller, Mido Hamada
Plot: Following the incredibly beautiful and tragic story of the great American sniper, Chris Kyle.
Overall: War film, so of course I had to see it. Never been a fan of Bradley Cooper, but my goodness, he is so wickedly talented—and this film is the perfect showcase for that. The film itself is based on the true story of Chris Kyle, which if you’re familiar with it at all, it is unfathomably beautiful, tragic and empowering. I feel like it’s wrong to compare this film to others, but after seeing Act of Valor and Lone Survivor, this film turned out to be surprisingly different—for me at least. It sort of forces you to witness things that real soldiers—and in this case, a real sniper—has to encounter during war, the aftermath of those encounters and the effects it has on their personal lives. I’ve always had immense respect for our military and for most people in authority. It’s just how I was raised. But after seeing this film, it sort of awakens you to the real struggles of our veterans. I only gave the film a 9 because I wanted more of his home life and the struggles of that. I wanted to see the experiences with the VA house and how he coped with his family struggles. The ending felt rushed, forced and throughout the film it felt like this amazing compilation of his tours, his time home, the mental and emotional struggles…and then you’re hit in the face with the end. You have no real time to let it sink in. It sort of just leaves you like, “Okay, he’s doing much better, helping other veterans cope, etc. OH. And then he died.” I don’t know, that’s just my opinion. But altogether, this film was absolutely breathtaking. It still manages to let all the emotions run their course through you.