'American Sniper' AFI Premiere Jolts Bradley Cooper into Oscar Race - mxdwn Movies

November 12, 2014 9:45 PM

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Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper enjoyed a fitting Veteran’s Day premiere at AFI Fest last night, resulting in mixed reviews for Eastwood and the movie itself, but undisputed praise for the film’s hero, Bradley Cooper. Based on the autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Cooper), who accumulated 160 confirmed kills as a sniper throughout four tours in Iraq, Eastwood treats the film as an intimate character study and look into the making of a hero. In this format, audiences agree that Cooper shines.

Outside of dialogue and plot, in a screenplay adapted by Jason Dean Hall (2013′s forgettable Paranoia), the bulk of the camera work rests solely on the face of Kyle, where Cooper delivers a subtle and convincing portrayal of a complicated hero struggling with both the immediate and moral repercussio...

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