American Sniper Hype
I trust in Clint Eastwood to give me a good movie going experience and I am getting hyped for American Sniper, opening January 16th. This movie is not a summer blockbuster, and in January, there’s not a lot of expectations. I think American Sniper can clean up at the box office. There’s literally nothing playing right now that isn’t a few weeks old and there’s nothing coming up either. It’s pretty much this movie’s weekend to win, if it can do it.
On the positive side, I think the trailers have helped this movie. The first one was good, but the one recently that’s been running all the dang time has been excellent. We can see he’s a sniper. We can see he misses his wife and is in a very dangerous situation. We can see him sacrifice a lot and break down. It’s something of an emotional trip. That’s good. I like that. The characters seem solid and the drama seems even better.
On the negative side, it’s a war movie in January with this guy from The Hangover. I hate The Hangover. One of the trailers also showed him in bar pretty much AWOL from his unit, which doesn’t make him out to be the best guy. I think the first trailer of him having to decide whether to shoot a kid or not showed more about him than the bar scene. The drinking in a bar is a stupid scene for a trailer. Other than Bradley Cooper, I hope the supporting cast is good, but nobody was in the trailer but his wife, played by Sienna Miller. She was sobbing. He was sobbing. I hope they don’t go overboard with the melodrama.
To be honest, I think there’s more positives than negatives for this movie. It has a great premise, and I think the war veteran angle appeals to a lot of people. A guy getting himself almost blown up and trying to recover is a great storyline. If the movie can pull it off with some character development and good dialogue, I think this one will do well. I’m going to see it opening weekend. Are you?