LAST FLAG FLYING - Review
LAST FLAG FLYING
Release Date: November 22, 2017
Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Lawrence Fishburn
Plot: A man recruits two of his old war buddies to help him bury his son killed in battle
Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters
This may be the most emotional buddy road trip film ever made. It is a powerful film that will break your heart while your heart fills with pride. It's a complex narrative that demands your attention, but giving your attention isn't difficult because the acting is so impeccable.
While this is not an easy film to watch it still has many moments of laughter and joy. But it also has an underlying current of guilt and regret. In true military fashion, a lot goes unsaid, but the message is still conveyed loud and clear.
The only problem I had with this movie is that it is 20 - 30 minutes too long. The second act drags out to the point where I was starting to look at my watch. There were several scenes that could have had the same impact even if they were cut down or cut completely from the finished product.
While all three of the main characters are outstanding in their roles, Bryan Cranston delivers a performance that could win him several awards this year. Steve Carell's portrayal of a calm, but broken man will tear into your soul.
If you are ready for an emotional ride, LAST FLAG FLYING will get you there. Just know, you'll be in that place for a while even after the credits roll.