Is “American Sniper” a Pro-War Movie? Hear What Clint Eastwood Has to Say.
Clint Eastwood’s newest film, American Sniper, is setting box office records, but there has also been criticism, especially from Liberals such as Michael Moore. Some have called it pro-war and pro-Republican. Eastwood sees it differently.
Speaking at Saturday’s Producers Guild Award Nominees Breakfast, he [Eastwood] said:
“The biggest antiwar statement any film [can make is to show] the fact of what [war] does to the family and the people who have to go back into civilian life like Chris Kyle did.
“One of my favorite war movies that I’ve been involved with is Letters from Iwo Jima. And that was are about family, about being taken away from life, being sent someplace. In World War II, everybody just sort of went home and got over it.
“Now there is some effort to help people through it. In Chris Kyle’s case, no good deed went unpunished.
After Eastwood decided to make the movie, he and Bradley Cooper (who portrays Chris Kyle) went to Texas to meet with Kyle’s widow and the rest of his family.
“I thought I’d better meet the rest of the family and see what they looked like and that would probably dictate the casting and to see what Mrs. Kyle was like.
It was of great value to [Bradley] because he could get into the history of the family and their feelings about the whole situation.”
Some critics wish Eastwood had used Chris Kyle’s story to make a movie criticizing American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have been disappointed that the movie is actually not political. Instead, it tells the very human story of a family, and a man whose country sends him to do a job few would be willing, or able, to do.
Have you seen American Sniper? What’s your opinion?