All Richard Linklater does is make fantastic American movies, time and time again. Witness his latest, Last Flag Flying, starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne.
Even this trailer gave me all the feels. Check it out:
In Richard Linklater’s lyrical road movie, as funny as it is heartbreaking, three aging Vietnam-era Navy vets—soft-spoken Doc (Steve Carell), unhinged and unfiltered Sal (Bryan Cranston), and quietly measured Mueller (Laurence Fishburne)—reunite to perform a sacred task: the proper burial of Doc’s only child, who has been killed in the early days of the Iraqi Invasion. As this trio of old friends makes its way up the Eastern seaboard, Linklater gives us a rich rendering of friendship, a grand mosaic of common life in the USA during the Bush era, and a striking meditation on the passage of time and the nature of truth. To put it simply, Last Flag Flying is a great movie from one of America’s finest filmmakers.
What a cast, what a director. Last Flag Flying is based on a book from Darryl Ponicsan, who also wrote The Last Detail. Both films have similar storylines, and this looks as good if not better than Hal Ashby’s 1973 film.
Last Flag Flying will premiere opening night of the New York Film Festival, and it will hit theaters November 3.