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.
"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."
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.