Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve Carrell in Last Flag Flying

Last Flag Flying Trailer #1 (2017) “You’re There for Your Brothers. That’s All That Matters.”

Director Richard Linklater has a powerful-looking follow-up to Everybody Wants Some! and Boyhood in Last Flag Flying.  The timeliness of the topic plus the caliber of the three leads, all Academy Award nominated actors (Cranston, Fishburne, and Carrell) lends both gravitas and unexpected humor to the story of a father and his friends taking his son’s body home for burial.  Amazon Studios looks like it has another winner here after the overlooked Lost City of Z that came out earlier this year.  Last Flag Flying will open November 3, 2017.

In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Richard “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with ex-Marines Sal (Bryan Cranston) and Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared experiences of the war that continue to shape their lives. Director Richard Linklater and author Darryl Ponicsan collaborated on the screenplay which follows the trio as they wrestle with the pangs of war both past and present.
Steve Carrell, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve Carrell in Last Flag Flying

14 thoughts on “Last Flag Flying Trailer #1 (2017) “You’re There for Your Brothers. That’s All That Matters.””

    1. This is one that surprised me and I have the release schedules pretty much memorized through 2019 so when I get a surprise like this it’s awesome. THREE amazing actors and the story is so timely and poignant, yet there’s that humor that all three do so well underlying what couldn’t possibly be a sadder experience. If this is as good as it looks, Carrell should be looking at another Oscar nomination (his third). Amazon is doing a lot better job with their movies than Netflix is.

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      1. Well they formed their own studio. Last year’s Manchester by the Sea (which I haaaaaaaaaaated) was from them but they did a great adaptation of The Lost City of Z and now this so things are looking up. And critics disagreed with me, so Amazon actually won an Oscar last year. Now they have Whole Foods. They and Google will be the only two companies until they merge and become Skynet heralding the rise of the terminators and the end of humanity. Cheers!

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