The discussion of Clint Eastwood‘s Oscar-nominated film “American Sniper” continued on ABC’s “The View” Monday.
Moderator Whoopi Goldberg shared her thoughts on the film, which she called, “One of the most extraordinary movies ever made.”
The film about lethal marksman Chris Kyle, who was killed in February 2013 by a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, recently surpassed $200 million at the box office after opening last December, Box Office Mojo reported.
Missing on Monday’s show were co-hosts Rosie O’Donnell, who was out sick, and Rosie Perez who’s performing in Larry David‘s “Fish in the Dark” on Broadway. Co-host Nicolle Wallace recounted the night she saw the film.
“This movie changed my life. There’s a reason this movie is touching such a cord, and it’s telling a truth that no one has ever told,” Wallace said. “This movie tells the story of the toll that this has taken on the military without telling you what to think of the war or the military.”
“This movie is perfection,” Wallace added.
“I don’t want to go to war, I’m not going to lie,” Goldberg said. She followed up the admission with praise for the men and women in service. “I worship the folks that decide that that’s how they’re going to do their life. They’re going to give their life, take care of us. I love it,” she said
Since its release, the film has elicited a polar response from critics, some who’ve praised the film and others who believe it’s too celebratory of Kyle, TheWrap previously reported. Guest co-host and stylist Stacy London shifted the conversation to what has made the biopic popular among moviegoers.
“Bravery has consequences, and that’s what this movie really talks about. No matter what, war affects you whether you get angry or depressed. This movie does an excellent job of showing what the consequences are,” London said.
Goldberg imparted some advice to the audience before a commercial break.
“You can feel however you want to feel about it. Do yourself a favor — go see it,” she suggested. “Don’t listen to us … opinions are like ‘you-know-what-holes;’ everyone has it. But this is a movie you should make your own opinion about.”