A grand ‘Flag’

Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying” is a marvelous tale of friendship, family, duty, respect and pain that comes to life through sterling performances. A Vietnam vet (Steve Carell) enlists two old comrades (Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne) in the solemn duty of transporting and burying his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq war. It would have been easy for Linklater to make this an antiwar or pro-military film, but political issues yield to the very human aspects of the story.

Rick Bentley, Tribune News Service