Maybe the trailer for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper — based on the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and starring Bradley Cooper — gives away too much of the movie. Or maybe it’s just a taste of the emotional turmoil we can expect to endure. But for the way that Bradley Cooper’s eye well up while holding a sniper target on a small child wielding a rocket launched alone, I’d give the man a fucking Oscar nomination. Hell, by the end of the trailer, all I wanted to do was give the man a goddamn hug.
It is seriously one of the most intense trailer I’ve seen in quite some time, and I’m bummed that — save for those who can watch it in the four theaters its being released in on Christmas Day for Oscar consideration — that the rest of us have to wait until January 16th to watch it in its entirety.
Before watching the trailer, please ensure that your therapist is close by.
There’s also an striking resemblance between Cooper in the trailer and the real life Chris Kyle: