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Last Flag Flying

Dirigida por Richard Linklater
Estados Unidos, 2017
Comedia, Drama


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.

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Last Flag Flying Dirigida por Richard Linklater
It reminds me of Neil Young’s 1990 album Ragged Glory. It’s a rough, but casual, meditation on American themes, made with relaxed, subtle mastery. If the film feels a bit underwhelming on first encounter, I suspect it will gain from repeat viewings—it’s full of subtle characterizations and charming grace notes, and these things can become more resonant once they’re more familiar.
November 17, 2017
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As Last Flag Flying eases into being a road-trip film (a distinctly American genre I didn’t realize I missed so much until I was riding sidecar), Linklater, always better at time-constrained narratives, hits his stride, the guys’ camaraderie making Cranston’s shenanigans almost palatable. The film follows a familiar template, but the wounds it traces are undeniable.
November 03, 2017
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Perhaps the trio’s personalities are too limited (the crank, the sadsack, Rev. Jekyll), but the actors are terrific, with Carrel doing his finest dramatic work as the meek Larry. But Linklater, for all his gifts in directing ruminative, digressive gab, isn’t exactly the king of dramatic structure. There are clumsy, didactic, and sentimental moments scattered through the film . . . But his sensibility—sympathetic, politically skeptical—strikes through at simple, important truths.
November 03, 2017
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  • Z's rating of the film Last Flag Flying

    It would be a pleasure to say this film lives up to the high standard set by Hal Ashby's "The Last Detail," but unfortunately it does not even come close. What Linklater gives us is the pleasure of spending some time in the company of great actors. Bryan Cranston tries very hard to juice the film and give it life to no avail. Like many Linklater talk-fests, inertia sets in quickly. Good intentions yield little drama.

  • Jérémy Poirier's rating of the film Last Flag Flying

    I kinda wanted more from Linklater's latest but it feels like the director himself is becoming less and less interested in his characters as we are going along in the film. It still has some really funny and touching stuff in it. It is the over present theme of patriotism that keeps this film from being great.

  • Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film Last Flag Flying

    Richard Linklater continues to produce one fantastic film after another- this specific one being a great study of depression and post war trauma. While the cast is overall great, the standout for me is Steve Carrell, giving a subtle, internal performance that is never flashy nor draws attention to itself.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Last Flag Flying

    Richard Linklater is the master of the hangout, and though he—more than any American director—has gotten away with explicitly philosophical dialogue, his latest is at its best when its old-timers are shootin' the shit instead of making big political statements. As it explicitly reconciles patriotism with cynicism, it becomes a fitting tribute to the cinema of the 70s, when American lives were so exalted a subject.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Last Flag Flying

    This is an extraordinary picture that features some very fine performances from these actors and offers up a mature discussion on what is patriotic and what it is truly about to do one's duty.

  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film Last Flag Flying

    "The Last Detail" is one of my very favorite of the 1970s and you immediately see the link between the two films. But Linklater is not Ashby. He applies here his usual method, letting long dialogues go on, with minimum staging and cutting to interfere. It works on a certain level (thanks to an amazing Steve Carell) and the film is emotional but limited. Linklater is maybe not as good a writer as he thinks he is.

  • Jason's rating of the film Last Flag Flying

    Hampered by a screenplay that is full of groan-worthy contrivance, way too much weak dialogue, and characters painted in broad brushstrokes, we can thank a thoughtful and staid directorial hand for ultimately delivering a film rife w/ powerful human moments. You say "male bonding," I reach for my pistol, but if it's Linklater doing camaraderie, I'll always take a look. Cranston flounders in a thankless role.

  • Kamran's rating of the film Last Flag Flying

    A signature Linklater in that characters are fleshed out through spontaneous, hanging-out style dialogue. The performances are great and its scope is admirably taut. It is one-dimensional, but this is justified for its personal--though unevolved--nature. 79/100 - Very Good. (3.5)

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