Though well-acted, 'The Yellow Birds' relies too heavily on previous war dramas

From early on, the David Lowery and R.F.I. Porto adaptation contains the right balance of grit and gravitas; and, although it’s clear the film’s release was intended to piggyback onto Ehrenreich’s “Solo” turn, the rest of the cast, including Toni Collette and Jennifer Aniston as the soldiers’ quite different but equally concerned mothers, deliver uniformly naturalistic performances.