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.
The film that turned Tom Cruise into a megastar was a flag waving piece of nonsense with an oddly homoerotic subtense. Dialoque is often laughable and perhaps just waiting for that musical theatre reinvention. McGillis and Cruise share no chemistry whatsever, one feels more of a sexual charge through Kilmer and Cruise's interactions. Soundtrack was only bad in '85 now its unbearable. Launched many an imitation.
I'm happy to say this is one of the first films I ever remember seeing and more importantly feeling. Despite the obvious propaganda on the surface the story and the characters are truly enthralling and universally enjoyable. RIP Tony, and thank you for what you gave us.
"You want subversion on a massive level. You know what one of the greatest fucking scripts ever written in the history of Hollywood is? Top Gun. Top Gun is fucking great. What is Top Gun? You think it's a story about a bunch of fighter pilots. It is a story about a man's struggle with his own homosexuality. It is! That is what Top Gun is about, man."