Thursday, February 18, 2016

754. Top Gun

Top Gun
Directed by Tony Scott

I was quite surprised when the Book said this film appealed to a female audience.  It seemed to me like it was made mostly to persuade men to join the US fighter pilots.  I guess we are supposed to think the men in the movie are dreamy, but I really wasn't that turned on.  In fact, I spent most of the film waiting for Maverick and Iceman to kiss.

Maverick is a young aviator who is a talented, but reckless, flier.  He attends Top Gun, but his handsomeness, recklessness, and handsomeness causes tension, and before long he has a rival in the handsome Iceman (okay, maybe I liked looking at the men a little).  He pursues his instructor Charlotte Blackwood, who becomes devoid of personality as soon as she gazes into Tom Cruise's deadly gaze.

I am not trying to be a snob when I say I didn't like this.  I just found it to be quite dull and predictable.  There were a few memorable scenes, like when Maverick serenades Charlotte, but I don't really think it deserves the praise it receives.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

At the real Top Gun school, an instructor can be fined for $5 for quoting the movie.

Tom Cruise had to wear lifts in his shoes in scenes with Kelly McGillis.


  1. One I didn't think of when I was searching for a definition of a 'Dick Flick', but it is.

  2. Yeah, I didn't even enjoy it in a guilty pleasure kind of way.