Conversations like in porn and flights that take your breath away: how did “Top Gun: Maverick” turn out

Conversations like in porn and flights that take your breath away: how did “Top Gun: Maverick” turn out

Conversations like in porn and flights that take your breath away: how did “Top Gun: Maverick” turn out

August 23

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Conversations like in porn and flights that take your breath away: how did “Top Gun: Maverick” turn out
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On August 23, another action film with Tom Cruise was released on digital platforms. “Top Gun: Maverick” is a sequel to the 1986 film, which was translated as “Top Gun” in the USSR and Russia.

The novelty has already managed to make noise at the global box office. In the US, the tape overtook the legendary “Titanic” by James Cameron and the crossover “Avengers: Infinity War” from Marvel. She has earned more than $1.4 billion worldwide – this is the 13th place in history.

On the aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes Top Gun: Maverick has 96% positive reviews from critics and 99% from viewers. Score on IMDb – 8.5. Although the first part has only 6.9. Everyone is already talking about this film as the main event in the blockbuster world for 2022.

So, is it really such a cool movie? Yes and no. The film directed by Joseph Kosinski is simply amazing with the staging of flights. But at the same time, they did not seem to have tried to think through the dramatic basis of the script. But even this could be missed if it weren’t for some ideas that came straight from 1986 and now look very unpleasant.

Top Gun: Maverick features some of the best flying scenes in movie history

Pete Mitchell, nicknamed Maverick (Tom Cruise), graduated from the elite Top Gun flight school over 30 years ago. He worked as an instructor for a while, but then he turned to other things. By the beginning of the sequel, Maverick is testing an aircraft with a hypersonic engine.

But he is invited back to Top Gun – as a mentor. Maverick will prepare young pilots for an impossible combat mission. There are only two problems: firstly, the hero wants to fly on a mission himself, and secondly, he has to train Lieutenant Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of a deceased partner.

In this review, as usual in others, the film is considered in different planes. But the main point in the next paragraph is that it explains why Top Gun: Maverick is a must-see.

Top Gun: Maverick is a revolution in action cinema. This is a new starting point for the blockbuster world. And that, of course, is Tom Cruise. Yes, the director of the picture is an excellent visionary Joseph Kosinski (he previously worked with the actor in Oblivion and shot the beautiful Tron: Legacy). But Top Gun: Maverick – like a number of films in the Mission: Impossible franchise – can simply be called a “Tom Cruise movie.” The fact is that for the filming of this picture, the actor opened a special flight school, where he trained with his colleagues. And then Tom Cruise, Miles Teller and other stars were put in real fighter jets, expensive cameras hung in front of them and sent to plow the sky.

Shot from the film “Top Gun: Maverick”

In fact, the planes were flown not by actors, but by professionals, let’s not demand the impossible. But when you see a character bobbing his head around in the cockpit, you know he’s really in a fighter jet and experiencing g-forces.

That is, Tom Cruise once again proves that for him an action movie is something more than just a script and special effects. This is life itself.

But this is not complexity for the sake of complexity. No one really filmed such cool flights. And the film needs to be watched in the best quality on the biggest screen (although there is a chance that it will get a little sick, but it’s worth it). This is a complete immersion in the action: the planes perform unimaginable pirouettes, their speed and massiveness are literally felt physically.

Such experiences are worth a lot, especially in the era of computer graphics. Here, too, of course. However, special effects do not replace reality, but only complement it.

But the script for Top Gun: Maverick is terrible.

Immediately after watching, ask yourself the main question: with whom, in general, did the main characters fight? Although you can not strain, the answer is still not in the film. The leadership at the very beginning explains to Maverick that they must destroy a certain uranium enrichment plant, which is located in a bunker at the end of some valley between some mountains and poses a danger to some allies in some region.

Shot from the film “Top Gun: Maverick”

No name, no specifics. Abstract “fifth generation fighters” guard the place. For the entire film, the faces of these same enemies will never be shown: a couple of people will flash on the runway and several pilots in tightly closed helmets and masks – even the eyes are not visible.

That is, theoretically, the heroes could fight the Russians, the Chinese, the French, aliens, or Walter White who changed his profile with Jesse Pinkman. Even Marvel at least invented non-existent countries like Latveria and Sokovia, where conflicts unfolded. In the tape “Top Gun: Maverick” only general words.

Surely this is not the laziness of the writers, but the desire not to offend anyone. And at the same time, proof that the audience should not care – after all, the film is about something else.

Shot from the film “Top Gun: Maverick”

Let it be. But the script fails in 90% of the dialogues. The scene with the first appearance of young heroes in a bar does resemble some kind of porn. The conversations here consist solely of rude jokes on each other…


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