Last Flag Flying review: Steve Carrell shines in new Richard Linklater film

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater adds another story to his growing cinematic anthology, recruiting an all-star cast in the process.

Last Flag Flying stars Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston and opens across the country next week.

Do yourself a favour and spend a few hours with these three terrific men. You won't regret it.

Carell is Doc, who turns up on the doorstep of Sal's (Cranston) bar. They hit the road, recruiting Mueller (Fishburne) on the way.

Their destination is Arlington to bury the body of Doc's son, killed in Iraq.

A typically layered Linklaker roadie, these three former Vietnam vets pack light, but of course come with a ton of baggage.

It's gently and marvellously unpacked for our viewing pleasure.

It's more reflective of Linklater's mighty fine cinematic resume that my enjoyment here was not as great as it was with his flawlessly told Boyhood, or even last year's enormously entertaining Everybody Wants Some, but Last Flag Flying is still a super watch.

It won't hit my Linklater hall of fame, but any moment spent immersed in his stories is time well spent, especially with this cast.

Carell is particularly on-point, bring his perfect blend of heart and gently authentic humour.

Four stars.


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