Top Gun Reviews
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There's a lot of people who hate Top Gun and a lot of people that love it. It's clear why. If you love movies that are pure popcorn entertainment then Top Gun is for you, as it is extremely entertaining and fun. If you need a movie to have real story and characters, then this isn't for you, as it is more about aerial maneuvers than it is about story or character. As it is I enjoyed Top Gun for just how fun it is. It's a fast paced movie with a lot of plane action. I know it isn't a great movie when it comes to filmmaking, but it does what Tony Scott means for all of his movies to do; it entertains. He doesn't make movies that are going to make it on AFI lists. He makes movies that are going to be fun, and he does a good job at doing that. Top Gun is just another example of Scott doing what he does best.
The film is definitely at it's best when it is in the air as the aerial sequences are just amazing. On the ground is where the problems lie for many. Obviously there's a lot of man cliches at work down there, and a lot of the time what we watch and listen to is ridiculous, but I still can't say that it wasn't fun to watch. Then there's the romance, which was weirdly underplayed and overplayed at the same time, but it didn't ruin the movie by any means. The acting isn't perfect, but really it doesn't need to be. Movies like Top Gun don't call for Oscar level acting. They call for loud screams and stupid one liners and on that level the cast succeeded.
Top Gun has sort of gotten itself to classic action status. There are so many people(mostly guys that were in there teens to twenties in the eighties) that just love the hell out of this movie. The movie is well known for the call names Maverick and Iceman and for some of the iconic lines said. Still I don't think anyone out there who loves this movie would argue with me saying it is pretty stupid. It uses an overused story, overused characters, and falls back on overused songs. Still I have to say I enjoyed it, even though I really wish I could just say I hate it. I guess I'm sort of in the middle on this one.
Top Gun is a classic guy movie. It isn't going to win any intelligence awards, but for pure visuals and cinematic excitement, it isn't too bad. It's a perfect movie to watch when you just want to have fun and not have to think about deep characters or a storyline that has some source of originality.
A lot of flack also gets thrown Tony Scott's way as well in terms of his directing style, but it's hard to pick apart Top Gun and see anything but beauty. It is shot in a way that makes you see the true power of these fighter pilots and their respecting aircrafts. Even when there isn't pulse pounding action occurring, you still get the full treatment. Even during your average game of volleyball, there is intensity oozing out of the screen. Now some people also have the theory that Top Gun is just about some kind of made up love story between Maverick and Iceman, but to me that's just a childish remark and a weak attempt at trying to make a movie belittled. Anyone who actually takes the time to watch this epic masterpiece would know that it's anything but that.
Top Gun is essentially the definition of a fun summer movie, but also contains a lot of heart and genuine storytelling. We can relate to these larger than life characters because they are so well played out and so well written. It's had not to get wrapped up in all the visuals and surprisingly effective Kenny Loggin's Academy Award-Winning soundtrack that brings you right into the story. The fact is, some people may never get Top Gun; which is fine. However, those who do get it know how unbelievable cool it is and share the admiration for this great piece of movie-making. Top Gun isn't just some stupid, soulless, blockbuster at all. It has a true purpose and has real emotions running through its adrenaline pumping veins.
All right, so it seems that everyone's over this movie now - and its 25th anniversary coming on the heels of US's biggest "America! Fuck yeah!" moment of the last decade just adds fuel to misguided fire - but I missed the '80s, so let me enjoy it.
Very exciting flying. Some hilarious homoerotic under - over - tones? A good-hearted, sacrificial best friend. A darling and kooky Meg Ryan in a bit part, "Hey Goose, you big stud! Take me to bed, or lose me forever!" Incessant music video montages for three '80s hits. Oh so much tongue.
And I'll still say Tom Cruise is a pretty fine actor. He may be a nut-job, but he's got the face for it. He's got the quivering jaw, the bloodshot eyes, shrink-wrapped in tears, the gaze that looks right through you.