I feel like it has been a lifetime since my last film talk! I have been so busy creating more content and working behind the scenes of Lights, Camera, BAKE! (do you like the new logo?) and I just haven't had time to write a film talk!
But we're back and today we're talking about Only The Brave starring Josh Brolin, Jennifer Connelly and Jeff Bridges. Only The Brave is based on a true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group firefighters who put their lives on the line to protect a town from a historic wildfire.
I don't want to give too much away but if you are familiar with the Yarnell blaze in Arizona 30/06/2013 you will know the outcome of the movie.
I went into the movie thinking of the good actors involved and how it looked like a thrilling and dramatic movie. What I got was thrilling and dramatic but I also got a first hand look at what the firefighters went through, their life stories and a near - but not quite!! - cry at the end. Honestly the emotion was like a punch to the chest.
Only the Brave is very character based. We get an intimate glimpse into these characters lives, how they were, their families, their stories and their ups and downs. The firefighting the skill that goes into their training and job is certainly also shown and explained in the movie but it was not the focus.
After following the characters struggles, triumphs and lives, you will understand why you get very emotional watching the movie.
I'm actually terrified of fire. It's been a recurring nightmare for me for as long as I can remember, I don't like seeing out-of-control fires and I don't like the thought of them either. Watching this movie did make me slightly uncomfortable due to all the fire involved but no where near as bad as I thought I would be. Again, I believe this is because the fire wasn't the focus. It was the characters.
The story telling and movie really is very heart-wrenching but also inspiring. A must watch for everyone.
Have you seen Only The Brave? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!