Now, even Michelle Obama is praising American Sniper.
According to USA Today:
The first lady was unveiling a program designed to recognize film and TV content that accurately portrays veterans and military families called 6 Certified, part of a national veteran campaign, Got Your 6, which is a military term meaning, “I’ve got your back.”
She spoke following a panel discussion with American Sniper star Bradley Cooper and producers Bruce Cohen, Sarah Schechter, Lori McCreary and Stephanie Drachkovitz.
Obama particularly found American Sniper to be a good movie because it was a “complex emotional depiction of a veteran and his family.”
She said she had the chance to watch the movie on her flight to Saudi Arabia.
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Obama commented on the film:
I know there have been critics. But more often than not, this film touches on many of the emotions and experiences I have heard first-hand from military families over these past few years. This movie reflects those wrenching stories I’ve heard, the complex journeys that our men and women in uniform endure, the complicated world, the decisions they are tasked with every day, the stresses of balancing love of family with love of country, and the challenges of transitioning back home.
She said that most Americans have only a “rough sketch” of veterans, and that they are seen “as the broken down-trodden vet who is homeless or on drugs or has such PTSD he can’t function, or the hero who dies with such courage and moral clarity all the rest of us can do is shower him with admiration.”