Hero worship is a very tricky thing to dramatize, because if anybody disagrees that your hero is worthy of worship, the movie won’t work for them. But it’s hard to imagine anyone being anti-firefighter, so a movie that celebrates the lives and sacrifices of these brave people who put themselves in harm’s way to protect everybody else is just about as safe a bet as any movie could be.
That bet pays off big time in Only The Brave, a handsome and gorgeously photographed, fact-based drama starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Taylor Kitsch and James Badge Dale as firefighters who specialize in wildfires. Their job is to get out ahead of dangerous wildfires and prevent them from getting worse, from spreading to nearby communities, and damaging natural wonders. There is nothing about what they do that isn’t admirable and dangerous as hell.
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