Movie Review: Last Flag Flying

Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.

Now, this was a great movie. A great drama, a fantastic comedy, which is quite the feat considering that I am not easily impressed by humor these days.

Yes, indeed, there are some faults and flaws with this film, but overall, Last Flag Flying is well worth the time.

There’s a plethora of movies about war, and it’s rare when something comes along that adds a bit of novelty into the mix. Yes, there’s the usual PTSD and the effects of war on veterans, the pain and suffering that comes with having to fight against fellow humans, but there’s also a lot of emphasis on the feeling of belonging, on loyalty towards your fellow men, on the struggle to find humor in the most absurd ways possible if only for brief moments in order to cope with the terrifying realities of warfare.

So, yeah, I’d say give it a try. If only for Bryan Cranston’s character and his sick sense of humor.

 

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