One of the most heartbreaking things in all of pop culture are the sad Dad eyes of Steve Carell. Have any of you seen Dan in Real Life? Pretty average movie, but those eyes, man. He’s got this glimmer that can express warmth, pride, heartbreak and sadness all at the same time. He’d flash those eyes occasionally on The Office, too, and The Way Way Back and even Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. It’s one of the most authentically Dad things ever. It’s an underrated talent, something rare in movie and tv Dads (Steve Martin could do it, too, as he did in the Father of Bride movies).
Here, in Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, Carell will get a lot of opportunities to flash those sad eyes. He plays a middle-aged father whose son dies in combat. Feeling despondent, he recruits his old military buddies (Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne) whom he hasn’t seen in over 30 years to help him through the funeral. It’s basically a grieving road trip movie that looks warm and funny and sad and fuzzy and very Linklater. It’s also an unofficial sequel to Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail.
Check out the trailer.