First of all, if anyone reading this has friends or family in the military, if you yourself serve in the military or if you did in the past, this post is simply about my opinion on a movie. I know a lot of people in the military who really enjoyed this movie, but as a movie, I kind of loath American Sniper. I dislike its message and will go into why I do below. To note, these articles are written from my subjective opinion on movies and will contain no other opinions.

Why People Love American Sniper…

American Sniper was one of the most successful movies of 2014 and ended up taking in $547.3 million on a $58.8 million budget. It was not only a huge commercial success but American Sniper would garner massive critical praise. American Sniper would appear on several Top 10 lists of the best movies of 2014, including critical praise from The New Yorker, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, to name only a few. Holding a 72% critic score and an 85% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, American Sniper blew away the box office and became an unprecedented hit. American Sniper was also nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Picture and a Best Actor nod for Bradley Cooper, which he didn’t take home.

Why I Don’t Like American Sniper What-So-Ever…

My opinion of the movie seems to be different from the masses. I hated almost every second of American Sniper and found its message to be offensive, arrogant and nationalistic. American Sniper takes almost every liberty in the book to tell a highly fictionalized story that was supposedly “based on a true event” but didn’t show audiences who the real Chris Kyle played Bradley Cooper’s, really was. Rather, Clint Eastwood and the writers glossed over a lot of Chris Kyle’s life as well as what he did overseas. They also highly glossed over many of the things Chris believed in, many of which could be consider insulting to others, and this is one of the main reasons why I don’t like American Sniper at all.

Many biographical movies take liberties in order to tell a person’s life story as a movie. I understand this. Consider that most of the movie Lincoln didn’t actually happen, then why am I so upset with American Sniper in particular?

Biopics aside, let’s go with late director Robert Altman who was noted for saying that “All good war movies are anti-war movies”. Let’s face facts, while Clint Eastwood has tried to say otherwise, American Sniper is a pro-war movie. There’s no doubt in my mind. The movie’s message isn’t even ambiguous. War is highly glamorized in every aspect of American Sniper, from duty to courage to kill count and everyone I’ve spoken to who’s seen American Sniper knows this and loves the movie for being pro-war. Altman was right about war movies and the best ones are anti-war, which American Sniper all but wasn’t.

There are very few movies that I claim to HATE and you better believe American Sniper is one of them. While the performances and action sequences are good for what they are, it’s the PRO-WAR message and HIGHLY NATIONALISTIC tone that I found myself distracted by, which only took me out of the movie entirely. American Sniper is also HIGHLY OVERRATED and became far too popular for what the movie actually turned out to be and in my opinion, it should never have been nominated for Best Picture.

If you really want to know why people fight and/or go to war then read Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein. That book will blow your mind.