American Sniper Movie Review: 5 out of 5 Stars

PolitiChicks.comby Holly Woodland

“American Sniper” is directed by Clint Eastwood from screenwriter Jason Hall’s adaptation of the book by Chris Kyle, “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History”. It is a powerful, gripping and revelation in American war films. The story follows the life of Chris Kyle (actor Bradley Cooper) from childhood till his career as a US Navy SEAL sniper through four tours in Iraq and 160 confirmed kills. It is the story of a true American hero and the conviction he feels to his fellow soldiers and country while showing the struggles of adjusting back into family life (actress Sienna Miller portrays Taya his wife) and society. The movie honors with compassion and dignity our American military as well as the courage and sacrifice felt by their families.

As the daughter of an Army Major who served over 20 years with several tours of duty and receiving full military honors at Arlington, I was deeply moved by the film. From personal experience, it captured why our military heroes do what they do, without the Hollywood version of portraying them as “war mongers” or “sadistic killers” as they are faced with confronting evil to keep Americans safe. The film also captured the conflicts of returning vets and the difficult adjustments made to home life with respect and realism to them and their families.

Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, “American Sniper” is a glimpse into our American warriors and an understanding of what “Duty, Honor and Country” truly means.

Holly Woodland

Holly Woodland is a native Californian who has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. In 'real life' she is a working actress, author and now Holly Woodland, a Hollywood film critic. Holly began her acting career on the stages of New York and leading theaters across the country. Once gaining her professional theater credits, she moved back to Los Angeles where she appeared in several television series including: Weeds, Grey's Anatomy, and was a regular comedic sketch artist on Jay Leno's Tonight Show for several years. She has authored many live theatrical productions, which are currently running across the United States. Holly's travels both in this country and abroad gives her the perspective of what she feels real people want to see in entertainment, whether it be films of today or the glorious films of the past.

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