Starring: Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne
Director: Richard Linklater
Runtime: 2 hours, 4 minutes
Comedy | Drama | War | SLIFF | 2017
When I hear “Richard Linklater as director,” I immediately think the atrocious Before Sunrise trilogy that I had to watch for this website. As I scroll through all the movies that he has directed, that has been the only thing I’ve watched, so I don’t go into this movie thinking I’m going to come out with any sort of happy opinion on it.
Last Flag Flying follows Larry Shepherd (Carell), Sal (Cranston), and Reverend Mueller (Fishburne) as they transport the body of Larry’s son back home. Now, with these three actors, it’s almost certain that there was going to be plenty of lines that bring laughs to the audience. In my opinion, there were some funny lines (particularly Cranston’s character, the drunk), but I didn’t find anything to be laugh out loud funny.
Carell’s character is just kind of there, along for the ride with two men that he served with at war all those years ago. While the other two bicker and butt heads at the way each of them turned out: a reverend of a parish and an owner of a bar.
I didn’t find anything exciting about this film. It was truly hard for me to stay awake, especially since the guy in front of me had a big ass head and I couldn’t really see anyway. I felt the same way I did when I watched those Before Sunrise movies… bored and unimpressed. Instead of walking around and talking like Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy did, the three men just drove around and talked.
The feel to the film was definitely somber, as it should be due to the premise of the story. I for one am not a fan of the dark comedy that seems to be coming to screens more abundantly these days. I would rather the director pick one or the other. My emotions are just like me attention span… one thing at a time. I’m going to give Last Flag Flying an “Okay” rating. It didn’t leave me pissed off like the trilogy did, but it wasn’t the movie for me. (2.5/5).
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