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Top Gun: Maverick

No one is as surprised as I am to learn that I actually thought this was alright. It’s guilty of doing the “here’s that thing you liked again” bits that all modern sequels do, and there’s a weird theme running through it about how modern technology is bad, but it’s a lot of fun. And I have to say, I was quite pleased at how original a lot of it was, while managing to keep the same kinda feeling that the first Top Gun created. 

Some of the shots of the pilots flying were really impressive, and the cinematography and sound design accompanying them really should be experienced in a cinema. As early as the opening credits, there aren’t any pretences that much else matters. There’s a loose plot to tie it all together, but much of the purpose of the film is to make its audience go “oh wow”, and it mostly succeeds. 

I suppose my biggest issue is that the whole film is wrapped around a military operation, but you never meet the enemy or find out who they are. It isn’t necessarily important, the characters in the Top Gun training program are, but I dunno I just find it difficult to give the USA the benefit of the doubt that they’re the good guys in any situation. If you can do that where I struggle, you’ll be fine.

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