A Sharp Take on American Sniper

A Sharp Take on ‘American Sniper’→

Today, in Grantland:

“Eastwood is, if anything, a mite more intrigued by the Iraqis caught in the middle than, say, Saving Private Ryan was by the French — whose near omission from the screen turned Normandy into a feel-good boxing match between virtuous Yanks and evil Krauts. If the movie is consciously addressed to conservative, white America — Eastwood’s natural constituency — that doesn’t mean it’s endorsing yahooism. Even more than Unforgiven, American Sniper is the director’s funeral for the cowboy myth. Audiences may be refusing to see it that way, but that only shows how much they cling to their icons.”