Every time I hear this question, the first movie that always pops in my head is Backdraft. Every time. Without digging any further into the vast collection of movie titles up there, Backdraft is always the first one to pop up when someone asks what my one favorite movie is. From the actors, to the story, even the sound. The sound!! It’s all a very well put together masterpiece that can be (and has been) enjoyed time and time again.
It’s one of those movies that never even gets old. It not only never gets old, but it seems to get better and better every timme I see it. Even now, while I’m writing this post and watching the movie again, it seems to be better still.
All the actors in this movie did a great job of becoming the role that they played.
- The big brother who had to raise his little brother in the wake of their father’s death.
- The little brother who wants to grow up and be just like his father.
- The alderman who wants to sell his business friends down the river just to make a buck and further his own political ends.
- The ex-wife who doesn’t want to see her child raised by someone who’s not going to be there when it counts.
- The investigator who has the keen instincts of a wolfpack leader, constantly watching over his shoulder, sniffing in every corner, following his leads, never resting, “out there prowling around all night, dedicated.”
- The best friend who won’t sit by and watch his friends get killed for money without doing everything he can to make sure they stay safe.
“Til death do us part! Aint that what you heard, Hellen? You go, we go. It’s all the same…piece of **** without that, isn’t it?!”
My mom used to say that the movie focuses too much on the fire investigation, rather than focusing more on the relationship between the two brothers. I thought it was a great balance. Have you seen it? What do you think? And, what is your favorite movie, and why?