Top Gun Review
I feel the need for speed...
What can be said about this movie that hasn't been said in the past? Top Gun will be familiar to most, but if you're one of the few who missed this perfect example of 80's gung-ho action fodder, then read on...
Directed by Tony Scott, Top Gun tells the story of fighter pilot Maverick (played by a very young looking Tom Cruise), a hotshot reckless pilot who lives and flies by the seat of his pants. He excudes a cocky arrogance, which is only matched by his arch-rival Iceman (Val Kilmer), as they compete for the top ranking of the Top Gun training school.
It doesn't help when Maverick falls for their civilian tactical advisor (Kelly McGillis), and he finds himself getting into all kinds of trouble as he excels at breaking rules and his instructors (Tom Skerrit and Michael Ironside) find fault whatever he does. But his arrogance and determination suddenly evaporate at the end of the training as disaster strikes...
If the pilot names smack of cheesiness, then almost every aspect of the movie reeks. Featuring dodgy haircuts, big sunglasses, 80's style soundtrack and some cracking Mature Cheddar one-liners, Top Gun is beginning to look dated now. With some glaringly obvious diversions from reality (i.e completely unrealistic combat action, with dogfights at 100 feet and pilots being unable to lock-on to a plane in front of their noses as let's face it, in reality modern fighters shoot down their enemies before they see them), it's very easy to find fault here. But let's be honest, this was never ever going to be a realistic movie in the first place. What we get - along with the cheese - is some likeable characters, some great - for their time - setpieces and if you can forgive the many inconsistencies, then a fun time will be had by all.
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