For a parent, there is no greater pain imaginable than losing your child and in the upcoming film Last Flag Flying, one father must face this unthinkable reality with a little help from his friends. Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne star in this unconventional road trip movie directed by Richard Linklater, the mind behind Dazed and Confused, Boyhood, and the Before Trilogy. In the film, Carell, Cranston, and Fishburne play three veterans who are reunited for the first time in years when Carell’s son is killed in combat. Carell recruits the two to join him for the funeral in Arlington, but eventually, they end up on a road trip to New York.
The trailer looks to have Linklater’s signature mix of understated intelligence, subtle humor, and grounded emotional development and the cast is possibly the strongest the director has had in his entire career. Carell has proven himself time and time again as a performer who can do so much more than just comedy and playing a father having to come to terms with the death of his son looks to be the perfect way to continue his growth as an actor. Meanwhile, Cranston and Fishburne’s characters are compelling in their own right, with Cranston as Carell’s loyal friend who’s extremely rough around the edges and Fishburne as a reformed priest who doesn’t want to fall back into his old lifestyle.
Last Flag Flying comes from Amazon Studios, which has developed a reputation for distributing quality films, including Oscar-winners Manchester by the Sea and the Salesman. The movie will premiere at the New York Film Festival on September 28, before entering select theaters on November 3. With a compelling story, one of the best working directors, and an incredible cast, this looks like it could be one of the best films of 2017. Just don’t forget your tissues.