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I finally saw it for the first time a couple of months back and I quite enjoyed it. Killer soundtrack and some excellent action sequences for its time.
I tell a lie as I think I saw a bit of it once when my friend showed me it on DVD years ago, but not the whole thing. I'm pretty sure I picked up a copy cheaply on DVD some years ago so I could really do with digging it out and watching it.
PS too many writers are trying to be different/original rather than recognising that viewers are happy with the same stuff if executed well - https://industrialscripts.com/movie-tropes/
Just seen it and that's all I've got to say.
Makes a mockery of all the recent gloomy depressing endings that Netflix, Hollywood and the Bond producers think is what audiences expect now from a film.
AND I got to enjoy the Dead Reckoning trailer in cinemas. It made my jaw drop.
Might go and see it again in an iMax
I'm a little late on this conversation, but interestingly my Dad watched the original recently and came a way disappointed. Echoed those thoughts. In addition, having trained in a Navy flight program he felt the characters were too arrogant and immature to be taken seriously. He liked the aerial visuals, though.
Last time I watched it I liked it enough. It is what it is.
I may catch the new one in a coupe weeks when I get some time off.
The generic theater I caught it in was so impressive; I don't think my body could handle the sheer amazement that IMAX would offer.
Spending years in aviation circles the gist of it isn't too far off. Pilots usually do think the world turns around them. That said it was done a bit ott, but one historic aspect is overlooked here: it was the first film in ages after the vietnam war that showed the US military in a positive light.
Of course, we all know who the real best pilot is:
I realised one quite fundamental issue with the original film is that it never explains what Goose and all the other co-pilots actually do. They seem to have no role other than to tell the pilot who’s following them and give occasional moral support :)
I’m sure there was a reason why those planes did have two pilots, but the film itself never explains it to the audience. Very odd.
An absolute thrill from start to finish, exciting and emotional and just loads of fun. I only saw the original Top Gun for the first time on Friday and I have to say the sequel is the best thing I've seen at the cinema in many, many years. Just wow.
PS there is a wonderful sense of "boyish charm" and rebeliousness with TC that the writers exploit and is missed with Bond IMHO
Maverick : I have to admit I wasn't expecting an invitation back.
Coleman : They're called *orders*, Maverick.
I think Bond needs this.
Spot on! It's almost like Cruise gave 2 fingers up to the current depressing Hollywood trend and gave us what we really want, and not what the pathetic Hollywood rabble think we want.
To be entertained properly, not depressed, and feel very uplifted when we leave the cinema. Bond used to be able to do that too.
Had the Netflix crew been in charge of Top Gun, no doubt Maverick would have been killed off at the end of the movie, just for that novelty `shock' value once again, as they believe this is what audiences now want. So do the Bond producers too.
I really hope TGM is a massive success (looking good so far), and this forces Hollywood back down the route of uplifting, feelgood movies again, like we used to get in the 80's, and it also forces a change in direction with the next Bond too.
All hail the mighty Tom Cruise!! Maybe he should produce the next Bond.
It perfectly exuded the formula, style and atmosphere of the original without being a complete, predictable retread. It was perfectly done. This is how you do a sequel, especially one that's coming 40 years later.