Bradley Cooper is America’s newest sweetheart, much like Meg Ryan was back in 1995, but hotter. Regardless of his sweltering charm and good looks, he also happens to be the leading role in the upcoming Clint Eastwood film about the infamous sniper Chris Kyle, American Sniper. Here is the official trailer released yesterday:
I normally take the idea of upcoming military movies with a grain of salt. I don’t put any particular stock in the genre of war films over any other type of film; I do, however, put stock in directors. Clint Eastwood is a fine director who has proven himself talented and capable over the last many years with movies like Flags of our Fathers and Gran Torino (the latter a personal favorite of mine). Likewise, Bradley Cooper is a great actor by any measure, and this is not just a “war movie” but clearly a character piece. I think the two of them combined will be able to pull of something really great here.
Plus, as one of my commenters on Facebook noted:
As for Chris Kyle himself, I don’t really have anything opinionated to say about the deceased. His legacy has been fraught with controversy and frivolous lawsuits by irrelevant and mostly insane old men, but I certainly don’t doubt his character and formidability on the battlefield or otherwise. Obviously I did not know him personally, so there’s no point in me having an opinion on him to begin with.
Whatever there is to say about him, the movie definitely looks good, and I look forward to seeing it in the future.