Only the Brave

Director: Joseph Kosinski
Year Released: 2017
Rating: 1.5

Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin) gathers together a strong group of men and trains them to be "hotshots" - elite firefighters who tackle the most dangerous blazes - but they run into a serious problem with a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona that would cost most of them their lives.  While I understand it is based on a very tragic and true story - and speaking as the son of a firefighter I know what risks they face on a regular basis - the presentation here is not unlike The Perfect Storm: soap opera-y 'drama' and Bro Culture Galore and lots of people saying "dude" and "brother" and cuddling with babies in some mawkish setup before wiping them out for easy weepy-weepies.  It does a poor job explaining the techniques they use ("fight fire with fire!") and aside from Marsh and Donut (Miles Teller), the other characters - with their creative facial hair - are virtually indistinguishable from each other.  There is no question the Granite Mountain Hotshots had guts, but the re-enactment of their demise deserved a little more nuance.