|Title:||Top Gun: Maverick|
|08.27.22||Internet|| A long-awaited Top Gun sequel, held back through the pandemic so Tom Cruise could show it in theaters, lauded as a success and the movie that put butts back in seats... now living forever on streaming or whatever.|
So... all the jet footage is undeniably awesome. Fantastic stuff. I'm sure seeing it in IMAX was literally thrilling. There's some absolutely bonkers photography of the actors in cockpits with the scenery all around them and... whatever that is when clouds form around the jets as they execute maneuvers or whatever... you can see that happening right behind Tom Cruise's face, which is awesome. They're flying low to the ground... they're dog-fighting, you can tell what's going on even though there's 8 cuts a second... it's all punching you in the brain boom boom boom boom and it's working. And there's probably like... well, it felt like there was a solid half hour of flying footage. The training stuff is great then when they actually run the mission it's also great. Anything involving jets is great.
The rest of the movie is neutered dogshit, but I mostly can't fault it because it's definitely intentional. Using the same score and songs as the original, replicating shots or scenes from the original, having Miles Teller as Goose's son or a random F-14 just lying there waiting for Mav to fly it or any of the usual remake/reboot/nostalgia nonsense... that's what this movie is. I will say... it's not like the original was gritty or realistic but at least the enemy was from a real place, and at least the alluded-to sex was more than Jennifer Connelly laying down then them talking in bed. Just another engineered-for-maximum-profit move... I guess there was a "fuck" in there somewhere since it was rated PG-13, but otherwise I don't see a reason why this wasn't rated G.
So I didn't like any of the parts that weren't in the jets, but the jet stuff was fucking cool.