Snapshots - #38: Only the Brave, Jane, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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Only the Brave (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Based on the true story of the effort it took to get a municipal crew of firefighters from Prescott, Arizona, certified as Hotshots. After battling thousands of wildfires since their inception, the Granite Mountain Hotshots answered a call to battle the Yarnell Hill fire—about 30 miles away from Prescott—along with several other crews. How they got to that point and what happened is what this movie is about.
Only the Brave is a drama with some thriller on the side, and excellent performances to boast of. It's got a dynamic pace, engaging plot, amazing shots of wildfires, fun camaraderie, and great music to underscore the action. As an audience, we care for the journey of that crew, individually and as a group, and as heartbreaking as the closing scenes are, we stand in awe at the sacrifices that firefighters and their families make every day of their lives. Only the Brave is a darn great tribute to them, and elite firefighters such as the Granite Moun…

Iron Man (♦♦♦♦♦)

Millionaire and heir of Stark Enterprise—weapons manufacturer with army contracts—Tony Stark is taken hostage in Afghanistan after the Humvee convoy in which he is traveling takes heavy enemy fire. Tony is imprisoned in a cave and given little time but all resources to reproduce his latest masterpiece: the Jericho missile…Only Tony has other plans. He builds an iron suit propelled by the very battery that is saving his heart from being shredded by the remaining shrapnel in his chest.

Directed and produced in part by Jon Favreau, the original Iron Man is the crème-de-la-crème of Marvel's universe. With a witty and stylish screenplay that makes science super cool, and top of the art special effects, there is no other alternative than to shine. But if those elements aren't attractive enough, the ensemble cast is just the superglue that holds this marvel together.

Robert Downey Jr., in the leading role as Tony Stark, has gravitas as a serious actor, yet he is hip enough as to embody an engineering prodigy that is at the same time suave with women. I don't think those abound. ( ;-) )

Cool as well are Gwyneth Paltrow as the polished and very capable Pepper Potts, Tony's personal assistant, who happens to be his everything including his crush as well; Terrence Howard in both a playful yet serious role as Colonel Rhodey, gives a positive spin from government perspective to Tony's escapades; and Jeff Bridges as Obediah, is Tony's mentor and manages the day to day operations of Stark Enterprise. Also in the first reference to a branch up franchise (Avengers) is the appearance of Clark Gregg, as Agent Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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  1. Finally, you're reviewing a movie I've seen! I thought Iron Man was great fun and Downey was perfect in the role. I admit I haven't seen any sequels, but this one was definitely a winner!

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    1. I'm glad you saw it, Dorothy. I have seen it several times and always have a blast. I agree that Downey Jr. was perfect in that role. You should watch Iron Man 2; it was everything a sequel should be.

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  2. Well I am a fan of Robert Downey Jr, thanks to the Sherlock Holmes films. And your review makes this on sound quite good.

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    1. It is very good Judy. I know you are not a fan of superhero movies, but this one may actually change your mind. It did mine.

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  3. Wow five stars. You're kind of film. Sounds fun.

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    1. It is my kind of film. I loved it!

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  4. I think these films are so much fun! I am looking forward to the new Captain America film which also stars Ironman and Spiderman in it!

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    1. They are fun!I'm looking forward to that one as well. Nowadays I'm re-watching all the installments of Iron Man, Captain America, Avengers and Thor, in order to follow better the latest ones since their stories have started to intermingle somewhat. I want to catch things I missed before, hence the superhero movies reviews.

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