American Sniper

(Clint Eastwood, 2014)

with Anna Melo, Williamsburg Cinemas, 2/19/15



An especially lucid illustration of a timeless principle: real life isn’t a very good screenwriter.  As the credits rolled at the end of the movie, a woman a few rows back from me gave vent to a perfectly spontaneous, beautifully eloquent reaction: “What???

She was right.  The fact that it really happened is no excuse.  It’s a terrible ending – arbitrary, abrupt, and meaningless.  It makes an otherwise excellent movie – full of emotional tension and moral struggle – seem, in retrospect, like a cruel and clumsy joke.

Screenwriters: don’t let real life write your movies for you.  They’re movies.  You’re writers.  Write them yourselves.

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