I went to see American Sniper yesterday with a friend from work. There was an OG thread not long ago about Chris Kyle and some twitter bashing by Seth Rogan, but that was all I really knew about the movie going in....so I was expecting this movie to be an action flick showing Kyle just wasting a bunch of people like a Chuck Norris flick from the 80s and I'd walk out of the theater feeling like I just saw Commando or something.
I've gotta tell you, that is ABSOLUTELY NOT how the film was and certainly not how I felt when I left the theater. When I got up, I couldn't even look anyone in the eye. I felt sick, welled up, like the Saving Private Ryan scene where he asks if he's a good man and if he lived a good life. It's brutal.
The takeaway from me was all about PTSD, regardless of whatever embellishments hollywood stuck in there. I have a few family members who served in Iraq - none of them died there - but one did AFTER he came back so this was like a punch in the chest. I urge you to go see this movie despite all of the people ragging on it and giving the oh so witty "'merica" commentary, or whatever people like Seth Rogan say about it. Quite honestly, anyone who IS NOT taking away something about PTSD from this film A) has not seen it and is just echoing whatever their favorite talking heads say, B) has no empathy or might even have to be a fucking sociopath. See it for yourself and form your own opinion - it probably is nothing like what people are yacking about it on Twitter.
RIP Chris Kyle and thank you to all of our veterans, gold star moms, and first responders!