I heard a poignant review about this movie on NPR, and simply decided to go see it the next day. The timing of the release of this movie is quite fortuitous, with the disastrous wildfire season this summer and fall on the West Coast.
Only the Brave is based upon the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, many of whom lost their lives fighting a fire outside Prescott, Arizona in 2013. Directed by Joseph Kosinski and starring Josh Brolin and others, the story is told without over-dramatization. It is, to quote various reviewers, "deeply emotional," "satisfying" and "devastating." This is one of those movies where the credits start rolling and no one moves from their seats.
I am quite thankful I saw it. It feels important in this day and time when so many men and women put their lives on the line to fight wildfires. It honors wildfire fighters. I also had a lighter personal interest in choosing to see it. Prescott was our runner-up when Beryl and I chose to return to Bend, and I was hoping for some fine shots of Prescott and the surrounding wildernesses. I was not disappointed.
This weekend, grab a bag of popcorn and make a journey to your local theater. Oh yes, you will need a tissue also.