Last Flag Flying Review

There’s one thing that Richard Linklater said while attending this year’s New York Film Festival that’s stuck with me: “To me, time and cinema are so intertwined that you can’t even separate them.” It’s a sentiment that’s similarly inextricable from his latest film, Last Flag Flying. There’s no escaping time. The movie is a snapshot of a very specific moment in American history — one that we’re still recovering from — and constantly reminds us of the passage of time despite how stuck its characters seem to be. In the moment, the big picture Linklater’s getting at is hard to see, but that’s the nature of time, isn’t it? It’s only hindsight that’s 20/20.

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last flag flying trailer

Much like how Richard Linklater‘s last film Everybody Wants Some! was a spiritual sequel to his 1993 classic Dazed and Confused, his newest film is an official sequel to the 1973 Hal Ashby movie The Last Detail.

Last Flag Flying teams the Oscar-nominated director up with Bryan CranstonSteve Carrell, and Laurence Fishburne in a melancholic veteran meditation about three Vietnam War vets who reunite under tragic circumstances.

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