Starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne, Last Flag Flying is a true cinematic masterpiece. I was very surprised to see Steve Carell in such a somber movie like this one, but he was incredible as main character and veteran Larry ‘Doc’ Shepherd. After the tragic death of his son, Doc decides to visit his old military friends Sal (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) to ask them for help in dealing with his terrible loss. Instead of burying his son at Arlington National Cemetery, Doc decides that he would rather have his son buried closer to home. As the trio makes the journey to the coast of New Hampshire, they reminisce on all of their memories, both good and bad, from when they served in the Vietnam War. Tickets to see this heartbreaking yet cheerful story should be at the top of your Christmas list this month.
The combination of Carell, Cranston and Fishburne is absolutely fantastic, and there is a very clear bond between these three actors. I have always been a fan of Bryan Cranston, and his character in this movie was sarcastic, witty and extremely lively. Sal is the film’s comic relief, but Cranston’s true acting talent was still able to shine, through all of the witty comebacks and jokes. Steve Carell’s character, Doc, set the mood for the film and his acting was so somber and realistic that you could almost feel his pain in the audience. Laurence Fishburne also surprised me with his impressive skills in this movie. His character arc is very significant and he demonstrates Richard’s changing personality with excellence.
Not only does Last Flag Flying tell a great story, but it illustrates the true pain and tragedy of losing a loved one. This movie is one that many people can relate to, no matter what their life is like.
If you’re looking for a great new movie to see this weekend, then choose Last Flag Flying, in theaters on November 22nd!
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