I saw American Sniper in the movie theatre last night with my girlfriend. This was her third time seeing it. I was a little uneasy about the whole experience because I heard so much political hogwash about the movie and so many people were turning it into a media/political fiasco.
The movie is simply about a Navy SEAL: Chris Kyle. Whether you think he’s a hero or a monster is irrelevant. It’s his story. Being a combat veteran myself, I can relate to a lot of the non-combat scenes where he’s at home just staring blankly at the television or when he has a couple bouts with extreme anger. It’s unsettling but it’s reality.
The part that really hit home for me was when Kyle had returned home from his fifth tour and he’s sitting in the bar having a beer. His wife calls and finds out he’s been stateside for some time but hasn’t quite reached the front door yet. He Kyle breaks down and says, “I just needed a minute.” He’s such a strong, prideful man and doesn’t want to show weakness. But we all have our breaking points. I couldn’t imagine going to combat and shooting over 200 armed combatants and then being “okay” when I come home.
Kyle wasn’t concerned with the amount of enemies he laid down. He was more concerned with how many of his men he couldn’t save. It’s hard to sit at home knowing you could’ve done more for the man on your right and the man on your left.
I just wish America could leave the politics out of this.