THE PLOT THUS FAR
The macho students of an elite US Flying school for advanced fighter pilots compete to be best in the class, and one romances the teacher.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Top Gun” revolves around a bold, daring, and overconfident navy fighter pilot, Lieutenant Pete Mitchell (call name ‘Maverick’), who is sent to the Top Gun Naval Flying School along with his close pal, Goose. Maverick strives to prove himself the best pilot in this demanding course, but faces both stiff competition from a fellow pilot named Iceman as well as personal conflict dealing with his own haunting demons following the mysterious death of his father, also an air ace pilot. Meanwhile, he falls for a lovely civilian astrophysics instructor, Charlotte (Charlie) Blackwood.
The proud to be American theme is dire, repetitive and anyone who dislikes over patriotism in films will despise this. The story line involving Tom Cruise and Tom Skerrit approaches boredom and is the pinnacle of Top Gun’s cheese. ‘Cheese’ is OK, as long as it is not serious and that is where that specific story line falls flat. The fun cheesy parts are some of the films best moments. The volleyball scene is truly a classic and the four actors involved are genuinely enjoying themselves. The relationship between Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards is also very moving at times and the dynamic they have makes for great viewing.
The acting is what saves Top Gun from being Tinsel town garbage. Tom Cruise launched his career with this film. His cocky smile makes him perfect for this role and Cruise does fantastically at portraying a determined, passionate character. It is the emotional scenes where Cruise really sets himself apart from his peers. Cruise provides the few scenes where the audience are made to feel any emotion and he carries out his responsibility creditably. Anthony Edwards as Goose is also effective as the man who takes second spot to Cruise’s Maverick. He is instantly popular with the audience with his wit, humour and charm. Val Kilmer and Rick Rossovich are great as the rivals. They play off each other really well and do a fantastic job to personify arrogance. Michael Ironside does what he does best and once again, manages to go through a whole film without smiling.
The Blu-Ray comes with the same special features as the original Blu-Ray release. For some reason, the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track seems way cleaner this time than I ever remember it being. That being said, the transfer and Dolby TrueHD track are supposed to be the same. This wouldn’t be the first time that a second dip on a transfer results in a better bitrate. Oh well, it’s still a solid experience. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
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