TOP GUN: MAVERICK
- By J. COOK
- Photo Courtesy of PARAMOUNT
Top Gun (1985), for that one person that doesn’t know, was a fighter pilot movie directed by the late, great Tony Scott, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, starring Kelly McGillis, Tom Skerrit, Michael Ironside … and Val Kilmer. And Tim Robbins. And Meg Ryan played a character that was married to Anthony Edwards (for those who don’t remember). It concerned a student pilot (Maverick) taking tips from a civilian instructor to fly circles around the most badass pilots this country had ever recruited, then takes that rebelliousness to real world engagement, shooting down 3 MiGs in the process.
Today, the student (then fresh off of Risky Business) returns as the master (fresh off of completing six Impossible Missions), in the age of drones.Top Gun: Maverick (
2020, 2021, 2022) will premiere at the 75th Cannes Film Festival later this month before arriving at a movie theatre near you. Get this—movie theatres are places that strangers go to gather in the dark, eat popcorn and candy, risking laughing and/or crying en masse, just by staring at a 200-foot silver screen (all the better to see Tom Cruise actually pilot his jet) and listening to loud Dolby affects (all the better to hear precisely when each jet breaks the sound barrier). If you need more than this, contact your local billionaire and book a ticket to space.
If the concept of fighter jets and 80s nostalgia around Memorial Day gets ya hot, remember—that’s why those movie houses pump the A/C. Cya at the movies.
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