I had no intention of writing about American Sniper. Other film scholars, including my friend and Clint Eastwood expert, James Curnow have discussed it. And even more people, scholars and laymen alike, have weighed in on the various controversies swirling around this extremely popular movie. Is it accurate? What does it say about America, about foreign policy, about guns? Can you praise it without being called a fascist? Can you criticize it without being branded a commie? There are clearly many differing points of view on the subjects of snipers and Chris Kyle.
Then I read a remarkable interview with screenwriter Jason Hall in Time Magazine.