by Joseph Kosinsky Top Gun: Maverick released on May 27, 2022, is heralded by critics and members of the general public as an instant classic and one of the best sequels ever made, IMAX or otherwise.
Some feel that maverick does nothing shockingly new, narratively speaking. Instead, it shows respect for the plot beats, world, and characters that the original film built, without going overboard to the point of being a remake. However, the general consensus is that Top Gun: Maverick exceeds the quality of the original, which will nonetheless always hold a certain soft spot in the hearts of 1980s moviegoers. maverickreferences to the 1986 action classic.
moppyploppy noticed that when Glen Powell’s Jake “Hangman” Seresin goes to the jukebox to turn on Foghat’s “Slow Ride,” he presses the numbers 8 and 6. As Redditor notes, “Superior gun came out in 1986.”
The choice of song is an easter egg in itself, as Foghat’s song was notoriously used in Richard Linklater. Dazed and confuseda film he followed with the spiritual sequel Everyone wants it!!, which served as a major showcase for Powell’s talent alongside others such as Zoey Deutch and Wyatt Russell. Also, the choice of song is clever for the purpose of maverick‘s narrative, as the title is essentially Hangman’s attempted insult to Rooster.
Eagle-eyed fans Superior gun know the name Penny Benjamin from its brief use in the Tony Scott movie. Ultimately, in a poignant and fitting callback to the original Top Gun movie, Jennifer Connelly’s character in Top Gun: Maverick is “the Admiral’s daughter” herself.
Editor jtmag1 created a thread to write, “The movie would have been just as good if Connelly’s character had a name, but her being LA Penny Benjamin is just another example of the incredible attention to detail. “
Ed Harris isn’t sure Mav has what it takes
Like other great military training films, Top Gun: Maverick features a harsh supervisory figure, and the filmmakers hired the best performer for the job: Ed Harris. Editor OhioForever10 established a link between maverick and the classic 1980s NASA movie, The good thing. They mention Harris’ (who starred in The good thing and has a cameo in Top Gun: Maverick) to Pete “Maverick” Mitchell that he “should be at least a two-star admiral now…if not a senator.”
The Redditor mentions how Harris portrayed real-life astronaut John Glenn in the NASA biopic, and the line of dialogue he launches into maverick is similar to that pronounced with the same cadence in good stuff.
The film is aware of what it is
As one of the most famous characters in 1980s cinema, maverick is far from one of Cruise’s most underrated performances. However, the actor is still able to develop Maverick in an impressively logical, rational, and narrative way. Top Gun: Maverick straddles the line between sequel and remake. It covers many of the same plot beats as the original, but does them even better.
It’s also a smarter movie, and fat pig1054 makes a good point that relatively early in its execution, when Maverick is sitting at Penny’s bar: “There’s a shot where he’s kind of sitting and watching ‘the Superior gun remake movie’ unfolding before his eyes, smiling at how silly it is.”
The bar scene at maverick has a few references to the original film and feels like it could have even come straight out of Scott’s original. What’s more, Kosinski’s film even has a twist on the “Great Balls of Fire” scene from the original, which charmingly sees the son of “Goose” from the original film play the piano with relatively drunken enthusiasm.
Hangman Is Basically A Maverick From 1986
RomanReignsDaBigDawg praised actor Glen Powell for Jake “Hangman” Seresin, saying he had “movie star charisma.” Powell pulls the arrogant nature of the character to a scene-stealing degree.
While reuniting with Maverick is a joy and Miles Teller is excellent as Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, Powell arguably gets away with the movie. Part of that is his familiar arc, like tweedleb notes, they “love how it basically got the Maverick character arc from the original movie and we all (Maverick included) got to see it through a different lens.” The Film’s Revised Approach To The Original Central Character’s Toxic Personality Is Just A Lesson maverick teaches how to make a big straight.
Editor duck believes the film was a “successful sequel”, but “the reality of modern blockbusters made it absolutely hilarious how vague they were about who the villains were”.
However, Redditor the mermaid lady pointed out that it was more or less a callback to the original film, which they said was “equally vague for haters. It’s arguably more of a tribute to that than to modern geopolitics.” . movies like the Red Dawn remake ran into production issues due to the filmmakers’ choice of aggressor, and the current geopolitical landscape is somewhat fragile, so perhaps the decision to have vague enemies was a matter of both caution and reverence.
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