Directed By: Tony Scott
Written By: Jim Cash
Staring: Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Tom Skerritt, Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins, and Michael Ironside
I’ll hit the brakes, he’ll fly right by. -Maverick
Top Gun is a film with ace pilots and contains a Bromance triangle staring Tom Cruise. These are already pretty strong qualities to consider it an awesomely bad movie, and STILL I’ve yet to have even mentioned the boys playing volleyball or even The Danger Zone. Does the “Danger Zone” really mean something else? Has the phallic connotations of the planes mirrored other ideals too closely? I don’t think it matters. Maverick, Goose, Slider, and Iceman will wow you with their machismo and odd sexual tension that screams through this movie. Top Gun might be silly with odd sexual implications, but it’s still loads of fun.
The events might be cheesy and the relationships even more convoluted but the one liners in this flick are epic and timeless. It’s one of those rare films that you could spend an entire day quoting whether it made sense or was even relevant to the events you were using it in. Because in simplicity it’s fun. It’s a flick with a great looking cast full of charm and the overtly masculine references to flying, but of course the relationships between the men that fly together, and especially those that are………..dangerous.
This was Tom Cruise at his most Tom Cruisish. His utter 80′s best with the unapologetic arrogance that worked for him because of his charming smile and a smugness that was irresistible. With all of the men so tense with one another why was the broad shouldered Kelly McGillis cast? She looked like another dude ready to go topless and play some mean volleyball in slow motion. From behind she could almost be mistaken for Iceman and maybe that explains Mavericks attraction to her.
Yes, on occasion it feels like the Bromances may have crossed the line into the land of sexual tension. It was amazing in the locker room scene with Iceman and Maverick that they never embraced and locked themselves together in a lengthy passionate kiss and make out session. After hours filled with mutual animosity and hatred for each other, they unite in the end with Iceman telling Maverick that he can be his wing-man anytime after a session where Maverick saved his behind. In response Maverick counters that Iceman could be his. Does this mean more than it’s saying or are they just bro’s just talking shop? Jokes aside, there are plenty of these awkward moments throughout that are the epitome of good entertainment.
Who doesn’t like Top Gun? I suppose it’s a bit dated now. Looking back it essentially embraces everything cliche about the 80′s but it made it fun and awesomely good. Everything about Top Gun is simply fun. There’s great music, fun action sequences, tons of almost testosterone, hot guys, volleyball, motorcycles, Take My Breath Away, and of course Maverick and Goose. This is a win and while Tony Scott has taken things more seriously since, this is one of his better films. Top Gun is a classic, and an icon of 80′s movies.
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