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If anything can make you feel something nowadays, it should be praised.
3 strong performances make this movie especially Cranston. Like it a lot more than boyhood but movies are a subjective thing
Looks like a theter plot. The premise is a bit hard to buy and the movie focuses on dialogues, but they are interesting.
This movie was emotional but needed. So many of our military families go through this everyday. God Bless our people and their families in uniform.
Whatâ(TM)s great about this film is that these gentlemen are on a somber journey and we know that throughout, but the actors have a way of making you forget at various times of the film finding a way to laugh along the way.
A truly beautiful movie.
Analogizing the Vietnam War and the Iraq War, Richard Linklater deliberates on the inane sacrifices during wartime and the propagandistic equivocation the government relayed to the bereaved families with a wryly pleasing comedy about three elderly war veterans making a last detail of sorts to bring the body of a son home for burial.
Subtle and quiet, 'Last Flag Flying' is a sombre film that has a lot to say about war (and the point of it) and the lasting effects it has on veterans and the families of those who serve. It delivers these messages in a delicate way using natural and realistic-feeling dialogue, and making the most of the performances from its talented cast (Carell is superb as a man quietly suffering and in dire need of support). That being said, the pacing isn't great and despite being a typical Linklater premise, his distinct touch is sorely missing making it somewhat of a drag at times.
It may not be quite all you'd hope for from the talent assembled here, but there are some undeniably great and powerful moments.
Since the casting, characters and performances are strong, 'Last Flag Flying' manages to be a fairly entertaining time although the pacing is occasionally weak.
You know from very early on that this is going to be an actor's film. The direction will be unobtrusive, the music merely supportive, and the script will largely just work hard to put the characters in situation where they can just talk and interact and exist. And with these types of films, the casting has to be spot on. And in this film the casting is spot on. You want a slightly holier than thou preacher with a vein of sass? You get Lawrence Fishburne. You want a sleazy, confident, bitter but hiding it, slightly alcoholic charmer? You get Bryan Cranston. You want a sincere, quiet man in mourning? I had no idea until watching this, but it turns out you get Steve Carell. Each man holds court so well, and the performances are pitched so nicely so as to tell you a lot about their dynamic without telling you a lot. It's heartfelt, it's honest, and it's an American film about the military that doesn't deify military combat, which is always a refreshing change of pace. There's no bang, no whizz, no pizzazz. What there is are three great performances telling a story about the power of friendship and family with, importantly, as much laughter as sadness. Also, isn't it funny how many films are now set before mobile phones became prevalent because of the narrative problems that can be solved by being able to phone anyone or find out any information instantly?