This week we recast the 1980’s Aerial Combat classic, Top Gun. Now I don’t remember if I mentioned it in the pod, but for how many times I’ve seen this movie, I don’t think I’d ever seen it all the way through in one sitting.
Only seeing a movie in bits and pieces at a time alters your perception of it. I think the Matrix movies are a good example of this. Matrix Revolutions (the 3rd one) isn’t so bad when you see parts here and there. The scene where the machines attack Zion is an absolute masterpiece. The scene with the Trainman and the little girl is fun and the Merovingian plot is very interesting. However, the Agent Smith/Bane storyline was lame (but extremely well acted, IMO), and the machine city part was massively disappointing and drawn out. It’s easy to take in small doses, but sitting through it all at once is pretty brutal.
While having seen it in its entirety has changed my perception of this movie, I’m not exactly sure if it was for the better or worse. There is plenty of fat on this movie, but I really didn’t have that same feeling of never ending dread like I did when I watched, say… Armageddon. Top Gun really benefits from a lot of smaller moments making up for some of the more glaring mistakes. In the pod I talk about some of the behind the scenes happenings that changed how the movie was ultimately put together, and it explains a lot.
As great as Tom Cruise is in this film, what really makes the movie is all of the solid performances by the auxiliary characters. Anthony Edwards, Tom Skeritt, Val Kilmer, and Meg Ryan are all really dynamic and help keep this (otherwise ridiculous) movie, grounded. And then there is Kelly McGillis Enjoy the pod, and be sure to rate, review and subscribe on iTunes. Thanks!
Link to IMDB: Top Gun
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