US Naval Aviation's single best investment in recruiting. To this day when NFOs want to describe to someone what they do, the easiest thing to say is "I'm Goose from Top Gun." It's also possibly one of the most cheesy macho-homoerotic action films I've ever seen. Regardless, its 'Merica charm (smarm?) is timeless, and no pilot or backseater can deny that this film made them wish they could be a Tomcat bro...
Very good film! Not enough to get 5 stars for me because of too much romance... I would like to have seen more the relation between the lead character and the rest - the romance doesn't allow it to happen, in my opinion. But very worth watching!
Top Gun is a bit trying to engage with. It's essentially a boot camp movie that's been splatter-painted with the flavor of a vintage buddy cop film. That is to say, it is a simple film that plays itself completely straight. This might lead one to wonder why the film is as remembered as it is. And that is because, for many, the film has an irreverent charm that belies the mechanical flaws underneath.
Sometimes it feels as though this film is being played as a parody, can a soundtrack be that obtrusive by accident? The film follows the most generic plot path ever so you never really have to listen to the dialogue, but you should because it's pretty funny. Literally have no idea what happened in the air at any point. It's still somehow quite enjoyable, would have been more fun if someone had punched Val Kilmer tho.
Mostly bad dialogues, a bad sex scene, tom cruise is good at crying but scary when smiling. Very classic narrative with more than hints of homo-eroticism. The flying sequences are a bit confusing. Would probably have been more enjoyable if I hadn't seen bits of it so many times on TV as a kid.
I would not say that this movie "represents" 80s film making. Cringeworthy dialog and storyline. The soundtrack is Top 40 bubblegum pop; Kenny Loggins had a good run for a few years. But, the men in my life adore this film - I get fair warning when "Top Gun" time comes around and I make myself scarce. Pseudo-macho shite.