Part of Dastardly Difficult December: film nr.57
I've never been a fan of Ron Howard, simply because as a director he doesn't have anything to be a fan of. He directs like his alter ego from Happy Days, safe, pedestrian and reliable. As a result all his films are decent, with an occasional good one.
Backdraft falls in the decent category. Where it excels in its visuals and set pieces it completely falls short in its shallow and predictable script. The cast is great, apart from one of the 'I really can't act' Baldwins and their characters agreeable stereotypes. It has some great action sequences and the heat of the fires is almost tangible as it is all shot beautifully.
This is a solid film by Howard and for me one of his more enjoyable ones, even though it follows the rules just a bit too neatly.