Alberto’s Pick: Last Flag Flying directed by Richard Linklater
Writers: Richard Linklater and Darryl Ponicsan
Stars: Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Carell
Last Flag Flying is a 2017 American comedy-drama based upon the latter’s 2005 novel of the same name.
In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with ex-Marine Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard 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 memories of the war that continues to shape their lives.
Ponicsan’s novel Last Flag Flying is a sequel to his 1970 novel The Last Detail, which covered the same characters earlier in their lives. For that reason, Last Flag Flying has been described as an unofficial sequel to the earlier novel’s 1973 film adaptation, The Last Detail