That’s the simplified version of this thoroughly fleshed-out story. With perfect delivery and character development, Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne, all three brilliant actors, made me laugh, cry, and fully understand the depth of trauma, physical and mental, caused from serving in wars with no genuine meaning to the people who willingly give their life for their country. LAST FLAG FLYING is mindful of the permanent pain caused to families who lose loved ones, the emotional scarring to those who lived, and the lies told by the government to shield us from the realities of what goes on when the outcome of fighting in countries far away have no or little bearing on the safety of our own.
There were many heartbreaking moments where I sobbed, there were also moments that were warm and hysterically funny. The characters were real and the dialogue on-target. LAST FLAG FLYING is relevant and necessary for everyone to see.
Steve Carell – Larry “Doc” Shepherd
Bryan Cranston – Sal Nealon
Laurence Fishburne – Richard Mueller
Cicely Tyson – Mrs. Hightower
Yul Vazquez – Col. Willits
Deanna Reed-Foster – Ruth Mueller
J. Quinton Johnson – Charlie Washington
Richard Robichaux – Anorak
Lee Harrington – Jamie
Kate Easton – Jackie
Graham Wolfe – John Redman
Ted Watts Jr. – Leland
Directed by Richard Linklater
Based on Last Flag Flying by Darryl Ponicsan