I am surprised no one has posted a separate thread for this film.
I was looking forward to seeing this film as I like Bradley Cooper and he has acting chops and would do justice to the role. I had also watch the reality tv show Stars Earn Stripes which Chris Kyle had participated in. I knew who he was and watched him and was sad when I had heard he had been killed. I was very predisposed to really like this film. Unfortunately I thought the film was a bit boring. I really hated that for the first part of the film when Chris was meeting his wife in the bar he was mumbling so much I could not understand a single word he said. I could understand what the actress playing his wife said but not him. It was also a bit off putting when Chris was helping the other American troops go house to house searching for insurgents they made the huge implication that American troops are not properly trained and that only the SEALS had the proper training to go house to house. While I do think that many of the military reserve groups didn't have enough training or proper equipment and that has been well documented, I also think that the regular army and Marines troops are prepared for this type of warfare and it is kinda insulting to say they were not capable of doing the job. I do applaud that this was a film that needed to be made about a very messy war and consequences of that war I don't think the director delved deeply enough into PTSD and the vicious atrocities that are still happening in the area.
This is my opinion about the film. I throughly support all the troops and what they do to safe guard this country and its citizens. I just think this could have been a better movie. Afterwards I found out that Clint Eastwood directed the film and that explains a lot about the pacing and lack of introspection.