Hey there, Plotaholics. Bryan here, and I’m going to give you a little bit of a “somethin’ somethin’” on today’s release of the upcoming film Top Gun: Maverick, starring the legendary Tom Cruise.
Now, let’s talk about what I like and don’t like about this trailer.
What I Like:
- The Story: Initially, I thought to myself “Self, they didn’t show us much about the story in this trailer! How can you like what the trailer tells us about the story?” Well, I’m so happy you asked, Self. First, I cannot stand how trailers reveal the entire plot of a movie, including big reveals and twists (yes, I’m talking to you, Terminator: Genysis). In the case of Top Gun: Maverick, I love that the story is still shrouded in mystery. As a viewer and fan of the original movie, I can speculate at what Maverick has been doing since the first movie, but the trailer doesn’t tell me. I like that. Let’s hope it stays that way.
- The Feel: This trailer kicks me in the teeth with excitement from the first frame. I feel like I’m going back to a world that I’ve visited before. As soon as the trailer begins, it’s like I’ve been taken back in time, and I love that.
- No Danger Zone: This is going to seem contradictory. I love the Kenny Loggins tune, “Danger Zone,” as much as the next guy. It’s an amazing song, and it takes me right back to the 1980s. That’s the only problem; it’s an 80s song. This film takes place in the present; it’s time for a new tune to be the anthem to this movie. “Danger Zone” belongs to the original Top Gun. No sharing. So while the feel transports me back in time to watching the original film, I’m glad to see the soundtrack (so far) isn’t relying too heavily on that nostalgia.
What I Don’t Like:
- This movie: Make no mistake, I will happily see this movie. The problem is, it’s not a necessary film. I have never thought to myself “I wonder what old Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell has been up to the last thirty years.” This film isn’t necessary for anything other than a nostalgic flashback. I hope it’s going to give us a fresh and new story, but if it’s just a nostalgia-inducing cash-grab, let’s just watch the original movie again.
- The Feel: While I think it’s great that we’ve been dropped into the world that Top Gun introduced, we got dropped into the world that Top Gun introduced. That world had to have changed. If that world has changed as much as this world has changed in the last 30+ years, that would mean that Pete “Maverick” Mitchell doesn’t really have a place in the new military. With that being said, this film reeks of the tired old trope of “Guy from the old school being a fish-out-of-water in the new school.”
- Miles Teller: I don’t dislike Miles Teller. At all. However, seeing him with his “Goose-Stache” just doesn’t look…good to me. I don’t like the “stache” at all. It looks creepy, not to mention that it looks like he’s trying to be Anthony Edwards’ son in this film. If he can’t be his own character that happens to be Edwards’ son, and he’s just going to be a carbon copy of Goose, I’m not a fan of that.
All-in-all, I will go see this movie for nostalgia’s sake. Why not? It looks like a lot of fun; I wouldn’t mind going to the Danger Zone again. Besides, I’m a fan of Tom Cruise, so I wouldn’t mind going back to see Pete fly again.
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