In Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, each generation’s war is a fresh tragedy

The “spiritual sequel” to The Last Detail asks how we can deal with casualties when we stop believing in the cause.

“Every generation has its war,” sighs Sal (Bryan Cranston), stating the thesis of Last Flag Flying. “Men make the wars; wars make the men.”

History repeats itself, and Last Flag Flying is about the comedy and tragedy of that repetition. A so-called “spiritual sequel” to Hal Ashby’s 1973 film The Last Detail, Richard Linklater’s movie sets three veteran

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