"As the title suggests, Only the Brave is a film powered by machismo and patriotism. Throughout his career Peter Berg has proved a master of making the most ardent American patriotism appear understandable, realistic and appealing even to non-American viewers. But unlike Berg’s Patriots Day or Deepwater Horizon, Joseph Kosinski’s Only the Brave spends not a single minute of its long runtime trying to convince us of the righteousness of being a man’s man. Rather, the film assumes that we already endorse this particular model of masculinity, in which physical strength is somehow equivalent to moral fortitude."
My full review for Little White Lies.