With President Donald Trump saying he could “totally destroy” North Korea and characterizing a dinner with military commanders as “the calm before the storm”, Cranston said Last Flag Flying was a timely reminder of the effect on normal Americans of ill-advised military campaigns. among the troops and the citizens as to if we are doing the right thing and what is the purpose of our being there.”
Last Flag Flying was produced by Amazon Studios and directed and co-written by Richard Linklater, whose greatest critical acclaim has been for the naturalistic Before Sunset trilogy and the 2014 Boyhood which won a slew of Oscar nominations. Cranston (R) poses with director Richard Linklater (L), known for Before Sunrise and Boyhood, at the film’s premiere. Steve Carell is the awkward shy one who, we assume, was quiet and withdrawn even before the loss of his son. Trump describes White House photo shoot as ‘calm before the storm’
“I think it has a lot of relevance today in the sense that (today) it’s not clear cut as far as the (what are the) intentions of the government or military,” Cranston, acclaimed for his lead role in the TV drama Breaking Bad, told Reuters. The drama and comedy stem from the chemistry between the three leads, each played by a big Hollywood name. Set in the United States in December 2003 when U.S. Cranston plays a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking bar owner who is his own best customer, and Laurence Fishburne is a man who has found God and become an evangelical preacher, preferring to forget the sex and drugs they all indulged in back in ‘Nam. (Afolabi Sotunde/REUTERS)
Linklater also made comedies including School of Rock and Everybody Wants Some!!, about skirt-chasing undergraduates. Last Flag Flying, a comedy-drama about Vietnam war veterans, will resonate with Trump’s America, despite, or perhaps because of its period setting, actor Bryan Cranston said on Sunday after a screening at the London Film Festival. Last Flag Flying falls somewhere between the two genres. The Guardian’s Benjamin Lee called it “a half-baked TV movie masquerading as Oscarbait, a curious misstep for the Oscar-nominated indie auteur.”
© Thomson Reuters, 2017 Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson said the film’s ability to honour the footsoldiers while being critical of the wars they are sent to fight, could hit “an Academy sweet spot, satisfying both the more conservative oldsters and the younger, leftier types.”
Other critics said Last Flag Flying lacked the light touch of Linklater’s best work. “In World War Two, it was the ‘good war’, it was clear and present danger, we had to stop this mad man. Since then, with Vietnam and Iraq, (there are) a lot of questions … forces in Iraq were dragging Saddam Hussein out of a “spider hole” — it is the story of three ageing former servicemen who reunite to bury the son of one of them who has been killed in action.