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Top Gun: Ghost Squadron
Maverick is now "settled" living with Penny and her daughter. Slightly struggling with "family" life and working as an airshow display pilot in the P-51, with mock dog fights but still yearning for genuine action. A record breaking Summer (global warming not explicitly referenced) leads to record breaking wild fires leads to an urgent government project to put together a "ghost squadron" of pilots to fly aged water bombers (pulled from storage) as a back up to existing resources. Maverick takes the job (against the wishes of Penny) and puts together a classic team of misfits (including Rooster who has been forced to leave the Navy due to an accident) flying 1940s/50s airframes. The climax sees a whole town at risk of fire with Maverick ignoring orders and taking his team into direct peril.
@patb I like your idea though mate, I like the relevant plot
@Jordo007 I think most people have forgotten "Always" it was a weird backdrop for what was effectively a rom com and deserved to be an all out action movie. Also, anyone who has seen "Only the Brave" (a real sleeper) can see that Kosinski would love this. I'll drop him a line :-)
Me neither. We now have another worthy sequel that lives alongside Godfather 2, Empire Strikes Back and The Dark Knight as proof that sometimes sequels can be better.
You won't be sorry mate. It was phenomenal in Imax
I tell you what you will feel..the need...the need to see it again because it's boss
No seriously see it in Imax mate. I spoke to a friend of mine who's seen it twice last weekend, once in imax and once in normal. He said it was a different experience seeing it Imax
I'd be inclined to agree. We only have Digital IMAX here so it's not quite the same but the audio quality alone made it worth it.
Lovely. I'm booked into the BFI IMAX on Thursday, so I can't get it any bigger in the UK :)
Well, let's start by saying they're not co-pilots, they're RIO's, or Radar Intercept Officers. They handle, amongst other things, the radar and weapon systems:
https://fightson.net/987/did-the-f-14-tomcat-have-flight-controls-in-the-rear-cockpit/#:~:text=RIOs were the back-seaters,“verbally flying” the aircraft.
And yes, it would've definately helped if that was explained a little, it would help people understand why it was so important to be a good team.
I'm pretty sure I'm gonna be seeing this once a week in IMAX until it gets pulled from that screen.
How the f-
That's cool, I'm just saying that the film needed to explain that- wikipedia wasn't around in 1986 :) I looked it up, I know what they are and that they're actually called WSOs now.
I'm very jealous mate. That'll be a fantastic experience
Yep, that was amazing! It’s pretty much the perfect example of a film of its type, it’s hard to think how it could have been any better (could Mav have potentially been a little more flawed? I don’t know- he wasn’t actually perfect I guess).
If that isn’t up for Best Film at the Oscars I don’t think there’s any justice: when you get something that right, no matter the genre, it should be acknowledged. At the very least Eddie Hamilton should get an editing Oscar for it: imagine the sheer amount of plane footage he had to compile to make those flying sequences so coherent. Incredible work.
I was pumped for a couple of hours after seeing it! :D
I had to go see it again the following night. No mean feat considering, like yourself, I wasn't a fan of the first film.
But the final action bit just had me too engaged to worry about it. How did they make you understand where all the planes were in relation to each other? Witchcraft.
I guess you could say the romance is slightly undercooked and only really works because you have two very good actors there (I also noted that, unlike in the first film, Maverick actually asks his partner about her life on their date!), but that’s minor stuff. Every time I think about any element of it, like the opening sequence, the bar scene where the cast is so coherently introduced etc. I can’t help thinking how perfectly machined the whole thing is. And I love seeing perfect narratives like that, I just find it so pleasing.
And the jokes! Just so perfectly judged, like the lovely one which ends That Scene with Ice.
It’s also an astonishing two hour long advert for Ray Bans! :D
If I had to pick one moment I loved the most: when Rooster’s radar signal appears on the screen -Faltermeyer ‘Bong!’- “Maverick?”
People were applauding the landing in my screening; and I’m in England! :D
How you feel about the sequel is precisely how I feel about the original.
The film is very simple when you look at the story. And I think this is a big plus: everyone can follow and enjoy two hours of likeable characters and absolutely outstanding action in the air.
Good that you guys recommended this movie, otherwise I would have missed an entertaining movie with a nice portion of emotions and an intense finale. This movie managed something that Bond movies usually don't succeed in: a perfect last battle/action scene.
I'm glad you enjoyed it mate