Director: Richard Linklater. Cast: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, J. Quinton Johnson. 125 min. Rated R. Drama/Comedy.
A road movie, about a trio of middle-age Vietnam War veterans, on a trip to bring a fallen son of the Iraq War back home. Again we have a favorite Linklater theme: characters talking during long sequences in cars and trucks and trains, and never a bit boring. The conversations between the grief-stricken Carell, the no-nonsense atheist drunk Cranston and the Jesus-loving Fishburne are occasionally preachy, but the captivating performance by the TV-rooted Cranston (compared to a film heavyweight like Fishburne) makes those moments forgivable. Would love to see how veterans welcome this sharp, tear-jerking criticism of America's wars.