‘American Sniper’ a story well worth telling
Your reasoning may be justified, your cause as true as the sun’s light, but war is an amoral monster that destroys everything in its wake. No one walks away from the battlefield unscathed, but sometimes, those who are lucky to walk away at all are the unluckiest of us all.
If there’s anything I learned from those who have served, it’s that the burden they carry isn’t always obvious. Most of the time, it’s far deeper than that, far more grave, and far more destructive. It’s never been fair to ask what we do of our men and women in uniform, but we ask regardless, even when they have to watch their comrades fall or, when the time comes, to take a life themselves.
Watching director Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” reminded me just how destructive war can be, and not just because of the physical damage. This time, it’s the act of leaving the front lines — the journey home, if you will — that can be the hardest journey of all.
Five moralistically questionable stars out of five, and a critic’s pick.