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Last Flag Flying (2017)



Critic Consensus: Last Flag Flying balances raw drama against refreshing moments of humor in an impeccably cast film that wrestles with questions of patriotism, family, and grief.

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In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Richard "Doc" Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with Former Marines Sal (Bryan Cranston) and Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc's son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo a burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives. Director Richard Linklater and author Darryl Ponicsan collaborated on the screenplay which follows the trio as they wrestle with the pangs of war both past and present.


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While conventional in execution and its underlying anti-war/pro-soldier sentiments, "Flag" nevertheless is buttressed by a warm humanity and stirring performances from Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and, especially, Steve Carell.

November 17, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Last Flag Flying lacks the casual, lived-in realism you usually find in a Linklater film. You don't buy the men as long-separated pals, and so you don't really buy the premise the connection that caused Doc to seek out these men is not visible on screen.

November 16, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's not splashy, but it's more than enough. It's melancholy about what war does to men, but never feels the need to cue sad, sentimental music.

November 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

With its well-drawn characters (a Linklater trademark) and mood of quiet restraint, "Last Flag Flying" touches the heart at a deep level.

November 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film winds up like both its subjects and the military they served in: sincere in its objectives, compromised in its execution.

November 10, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A thoughtful meditation about war and surviving in its aftermath, Last Flag Flying avoids descending into the hell where many such movies take us and, as a result, is more hopeful and life-affirming.

November 9, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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