American Sniper broke box office records in its opening weekend by taking in a whopping $90.2 million. It’s not impressing everyone though, and that includes both Seth Rogen and Michael Moore, who got on Twitter and decided to rip Clint Eastwood’s pic to shreds.
Actually, their comments are aimed more at snipers and not so much the film, but they didn’t really discriminate either way. Seth Rogen got his comments out and referred the film to another one.
American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 18, 2015
USA Today states that Rogen is referring to the fake movie shown in Inglorious Basterds, the film by Quentin Tarentino. That fake film shows a German sniper killing Allied soldiers from a clock tower far away. Essentially, Rogen is comparing American Sniper to Nazi propaganda that was being ridiculed in Tarentino’s movie. Now, Rogen may have been attacking the film in which Bradley Cooper stars as Chris Kyle, regarded as the deadliest sniper in American history, but Michael Moore took it further. Not only did the filmmaker criticize American Sniper, but he went after snipers as well.
My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 18, 2015
But if you’re on the roof of your home defending it from invaders who’ve come 7K miles, you are not a sniper, u are brave, u are a neighbor.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 19, 2015
Moore was vocally critical of the Iraq War back in 2003 when he accepted his Oscar. Now, he’s calling snipers “cowards” and letting the world know that he still has very strong views on the world today.
Mr. Moore has a vast legion of critics who believe he has made himself a very rich man by slandering the nation he lives in and attacking the people who defend his freedom. They were also outraged that he used one of his tweets to praise the Islamist snipers who killed American soldiers in Iraq.
As a backlash began against him, PEOPLE reported that Michael Moore clarified a bit and claimed he was never actually talking about Chris Kyle or American Sniper. In order to make matters a bit more specific, Moore linked to a very long Facebook post in which he elaborated as to why he was talking about snipers in the first place.
“Lots of talk about snipers this weekend (the holiday weekend of a great man, killed by a sniper), so I thought I’d weigh in with what I was raised to believe about snipers.”
He stated that Bradley Cooper gave an “awesome performance” in American Sniper and said there was “great editing. Costumes, hair, makeup superb!” From that point, he did go on to criticize Eastwood’s storytelling, but he was otherwise quite complimentary.
American Sniper is on its way to break even more box office records and win some awards for sure, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to like it. Seth Rogen obviously isn’t fond of it, and Michael Moore’s comments on snipers just happened to come at a “coincidental time.” At least, that is what Mr. Moore would probably like us to believe.
[Image via Hollywood Reporter]