Only the Brave is an heartfelt & emotive film that truly honors the heroes who died in the 2013 Yarnell Hill fire. This ain't Backdraft. I was very surprised by this film, a film about human beings in the face of destruction, working together to save lives & sacrificing them, in a most noble & communal cause. It is rare to see a Howard Hawks-like film in modern Hollywood, in its most apathetic & listless time.
Watching "Only the Brave" and how great of a film it is only reinforced why I found "Dunkirk" to be merely good. Outside of being a technical marvel, the film will undoubtedly take a step-down in quality for those who praised it once they rewatch it on HBO. "Only the Brave" and its moving tribute, empathetic characters, and powerful performances will be more up the alley of those wanting a more complete experience.