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Last Flag Flying
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|Format||AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Amazon Studios; Big Indie Pictures; Cinetic Media; Detour Filmproduction; Lionsgate, Ginger Sledge, Laurence Fishburne, Richard Linklater, John Sloss See more|
|Runtime||2 hours and 5 minutes|
Three aging Vietnam-era Navy vets--soft-spoken Doc (Steve Carell), unhinged and unfiltered Sal (Bryan Cranston), and quietly measured Mueller (Laurence Fishburne)--reunite to perform a sacred task: the proper burial of Doc's only child, who has been killed in the early days of the Iraqi Invasion. As this trio of old friends makes its way up the Eastern seaboard, Linklater gives us a rich rendering of friendship, a grand mosaic of common life in the USA during the Bush era, and a striking meditation on the passage of time and the nature of truth.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.72 Ounces
- Audio Description: : English
- Director : Richard Linklater
- Media Format : AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 5 minutes
- Release date : January 30, 2018
- Actors : Laurence Fishburne, Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell
- Subtitles: : Spanish
- Producers : John Sloss, Ginger Sledge
- Studio : Lionsgate
- ASIN : B077Y2K5SR
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #110,199 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2018
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𝑬𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒘𝒂𝒓.
𝑴𝒆𝒏 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒔 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒆𝒏. 𝑰𝒕 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒔!
Last Flag Flying is a 2017 American war comedy-drama film directed by Richard Linklater with a screenplay by Linklater and Darryl Ponicsan. It stars Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne as three Vietnam War veterans who reunite after one of their sons is killed in the Iraq War.
Taken at face value, 𝑳𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝑭𝒍𝒂𝒈 𝑭𝒍𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 is ritzy kerfuffle: commotion adorned with military lingo and adjoined squabble. In terms of conflict, ‘gluttonous’ is an understatement, and to label the entire affair as a charmed disarray is putting it kindly; emotional highs are seemingly trivialized with a marked lack of exposition and little specificity of overarching conflictions related to larger and more complicated qualms. When not bogged down by its bloated disposition, 𝑳𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝑭𝒍𝒂𝒈 𝑭𝒍𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈’s saving grace is its rich dialogue (which is no surprise given Linklater’s special touch) and improvised chatter that takes full advantage of Cranston, Carell, and Fishburnes' adaptability and variance.
(While I'm here, I found the ignorance transposed in 𝑳𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝑭𝒍𝒂𝒈 𝑭𝒍𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 as it concerns technology to be a little forced and weird. I'm not sure if I'm overstepping, but the idea of these characters not even knowing what a cell-phone is killed the mood at times, and this is only one example of 𝑳𝑭𝑭 fickleness as it concerns comedic plunders)
Written over the course of ten years, 𝑳𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝑭𝒍𝒂𝒈 𝑭𝒍𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈’s unwieldy screenplay is best informed by its source material in combination with Ponicsan’s life experience. 𝑳𝑭𝑭 is the categorical sequel to a novel entitled 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑳𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝑫𝒆𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒍 that was published in 1973. Resigned to a life with no clear career goals in mind, Ponicsan joined the Navy at the age of twenty-four as he felt the service was expected of him, and he believed the experience would serve well as a basis for novels he hoped to write later (And, as far as he was a ware, a Navy novel from an enlisted man's point of view hadn’t been written yet).
Having served actively from 1962 to 1965, a story relayed to Ponicsan became the basis for 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑳𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝑫𝒆𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒍: This story involved an occasion where a cadet was sentenced unfairly for a ‘minor’ offense, and this was subsequently reimagined within the context of said Cadet being escorted to Portsmouth Naval Prison by two members with significantly more enlisted experience than him.
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑳𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝑫𝒆𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒍’s charm is in the unlikely relationship that transpires amongst its primary trio (Which is dispositionally important for 𝑳𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝑭𝒍𝒂𝒈 𝑭𝒍𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈), and 𝑳𝑭𝑭 was written as a sequel with the intent of revisiting these characters and imagining their response to trends Ponicsan takes personal issue with that presumedly have real-world applications. The most consequential and controversial of these was the belief that most of the United States commitment to the Iraq War from 2003 to 2011 following the capture of Saddam Hussein was ‘unnecessary’ and that the military’s bureaucratic structure regularly commands labor that proves fatal from units further down its hierarchical totem pole.
With Linklater known invariably for churning dynamics benefiting from explicit contemplation, for some due to subject matter alone 𝑳𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝑭𝒍𝒂𝒈 𝑭𝒍𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 is alienating, aloof, and requires an abundance of patience. Nonetheless, its advantages are fermented with its honesty: A merciful and refined honesty that attempts a narrative closely tied to patriotism without a proselytizing zeal. I, personally, have to admit that I'm not entirely persuaded to think much differently about “the military” outside of the complexes that are indebted to it and vice-versa, but I can agree that a lack of appreciation for service members in combination with the inflated messiahfication of their jobs is a sure-fire way to brew perpetual disaster. More broadly relevant is its sincere nods to lies as a shrouded form of social lubrication: applied too liberally, and there ends up being at least one person getting **cked.
A myriad of gloopy finesse, 𝑳𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝑭𝒍𝒂𝒈 𝑭𝒍𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 is equal parts conspicuous and understandable. By way of collaboration and playful rendering what is achieved passes as remarkably faithful: both to a source novel and series itching for attention and a special population that is in arguably dire need of modified handling. Not a crowd-pleaser, and at times a bit over its head, what 𝑳𝑭𝑭 lacks in bravado or admirable courage is made up with an excess of spirit and aptitude.
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Es befindet sich nirgendwo ein Hinweis, dass das Produkt nur auf amerikanischen Playern abspielbar ist. Oder darauf, dass es aus den Staten kommt. Es ist auch nur die Vorderseite der DVD abgebildet: auf der Hinterseite befindet sich nämlich der Ländercode.
Eine ziemliche Chuzpe!
Die DVD hätte ich nach Illinois rücksenden müssen, was mich weitere 10€ gekostet hätte....