How America Fell In Love With Snipers

Q: “Where do Americans stand on war films today? Are they finally able to more deeply examine the consequences of the Iraq War?”

A: “There is a tremendous curiosity in America to understand this war, what it was like to fight in this war, and what the point of this war was … I think one of the reasons for the success of ‘American Sniper’ is it does try its best to somehow sort out morality.” 

Public Radio International’s The Takeaway recently asked Robert McKee about the reasons for the surprising box office success of American Sniper (2014), starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood.

Read an excerpt here, or listen to the full interview.