Film Review: ‘Only The Brave’ makes you feel like you can accomplish anything

Elizabeth Thibaudeau, Staff Writer

“Only The Brave,” a movie based on the true stories of 20 firefighter hotshots battling the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 28, 2013, will take you on a heartwarming, breathtaking adventure of twists and turns that will keep you at the edge of your seat. This movie has captured the hearts and attention of people across the country and honors those who risk their lives by running towards danger when everyone else runs away.

Leading this group of hotshots is Eric Marsh, played by Josh Brolin. Brolin plays the role of a tough-loving man who pushes his boys to become a nationwide firefighting crew. His wife Amanda Marsh, played by Jennifer Connelly, is also a tough-loving woman, and like every man’s family, supports him despite the fact that she worries about him every minute.

Through the characters’ scripts, you get a sneak peak on what the real person was like. For example, Brendan McDonough (Miles Teller), also known as “Donut,” is a stoner who gets his life together by applying for a job as a firefighter so he can provide for his young daughter. His true character is depicted through Teller’s script.

The first day of training is a group run to a beautiful lookout. McDonough spends most of the run throwing up, and falls behind the group. No one thinks he will make it. However, even though it takes him all day, McDonough proves all of the men wrong and finishes the run. This aspect of the movie is inspiring and reinforces the “anything is possible” statement.

“Only the Brave” lasts for a total time of 134 minutes. Although this can be categorized as a longer movie, time passes quickly due to nerve-wracking events that take place throughout the entire film; time flies when you’re having fun.

Uplifting quotes in the script are used throughout the movie. During training Josh Brolin says, “If you can breathe, you can survive.” This gives his crew hope to keep pushing forward in dangerous situations.

Since “Only The Brave” has a big focus on fires, an effort was made to enhance its realistic features. Doing so helps strengthen the movie’s plot and keeps the viewers’ interest as well as adds originality.

From this movie, valuable lessons can be drawn. Throughout “Only the Brave,” McDonough teaches us that anything is possible, to never give up, and that you can become something from nothing. Eric Marsh can be seen as a role model, someone to look up to and strive to be like. This movie shows that courage can take place in many forms and also that you can achieve if you believe. I would definitely recommend this movie to those out there who are searching for something to be inspired by.

Our Grade: A
“Only The Brave”
Rated: PG-13
Length: 134 minutes
Genre: Drama, Biographical film
Directed By: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Miles Teller, Josh Brolin, Jennifer Connelly