Preacher Movie Review: Top Gun

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So Preacher was at the movies again. I almost decided to not give a review, but what the heck, I enjoy it and if you don't like it keep scrolling.

So I saw the original Top Gun just as I was to graduate High School. I was an avionics nerd from the time I was twelve so I was invested big time in that movie. I actually went through ROTC during HS and had meetings with an Air Force recruiter to go to the AF Academy in Colorado Springs once I graduated. Everything was pointing in that direction until the summer after my Junior year when I grew six inches. I met with the recruiter before my Senior year and he told me that at 5'9" I was pushing it for a fighter pilot, at 6'3" I would not fit into conventional fighter aircraft as if I ever ejected they would have to call me "stumpy". He did say that I could fly C130s or maybe helicopters if I wanted but that fighter school was out of the question.

Well I gave up on flying fighter jets until I saw Top Gun right before I graduated. That lit the fire again so I decided I would follow my dad's suggestion and become a Naval Aviator. I had all the grades so I marched down to the Naval Recruiting office, giving a big screw you salute to the Air Force office as I passed by, and had a meeting. My dad was a Navy Vet, my grades were great and maybe I could go to the Naval Academy and pursue the dream of flying Navy planes.
The recruiter heard my speech, looked me up and down and said, "how tall are you?".
I replied, "6'3" SIR!"
He said, "well son, you can't serve as an aviator, you are too tall. You probably can't even serve on a submarine as you are too tall and too wide, and you probably don't want to serve on a ship as you are going to hit your head on everything imaginable. You sure you want to join the Navy?"
I replied, "Maybe not sir." The recruiter told me to think it over and get back to him.
I left feeling despondent and decided to become an architect instead.

Anyway I digress, Top Gun - Maverick Review (no spoilers allowed!)

We fast forward 36 years and find Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchel still flying like his hair is on fire. Maverick is still the same old guy (haha he's pushing 60, see what I did there with "old" guy :) ), with the same old rank, and the same old chip on his shoulder. But the Navy still needs him, just not as much as he thinks.

Tom Cruise- I think this is probably the best acting that Tom has ever done. I forgot he was Tom Cruise, superstar, action hero, scientologist, whatever. He was "Maverick" on the screen the entire movie. His commitment to this film and this role is one that I think might be his crowning achievement. He is just so good with just enough Cruise Cheese in the film to make him endearing and not over bearing. We get the typical shirt off moment where he gets to show his hip bones and his bulging clavicles but not enough to see the softness that has hit his midsection, I mean the guy is almost 60 so give him a break with the shirt off moments! We get to see the stare off into space, you know the one where he flexes his jaw making the muscles around his temples pop up and down like the Rock does with his pecs. And we get the Cruise smile with those pearly whites. We get all of that cheese, but we also get Maverick, the underdog, the "I just want to fly fast and dangerous" throughout the entire movie.

Val Kilmer - Val of course reprises his role as "Iceman". I wasn't sure how they were going to accomplish this but let me say it was beautiful. You will have to watch the movie for more, but Val plays "Iceman" to Tom's "Maverick" and I can say that it was the most emotional I think I have gotten in a movie in a while. For the limited amount of time that Val is in the movie, his moments are huge even when he is not on screen.

Miles Teller - Miles plays "Rooster" a jet jockey whose father was "Goose", Maverick's late REO who dies in the first Top Gun (OK I said no spoilers but if you haven't watched the first movie over the last 30 years, that's not my fault, you had time). Miles does a fabulous job playing the orphaned kid who comes to face with the man who was part of his father's death. There are so many similarities that Miles plays off of that you don't have to think too hard that he could be "Goose's" son. Although there are other movies where I think Miles' acting was better, he does a great job with what he has been given with this role.

The Planes - I almost did not do this part but how can you not mention the planes? They are the real actors in this saga. The big star of the original movie, the F-14 Tomcat sadly has been retired and put out to pasture so we have to find a new rocket ship for our pilots to ride. The F-14 is paid its fair share of respect for this film, and in my opinion it is still one of the most breath taking planes in the Navy's history.

P51 Mustang - talk about a throwback to Naval history. The first plane you are introduced to is Mav's P51 WWII era Mustang. Mav is wrenching away on the old war bird trying to keep something alive that has expired long ago. However, there is just nothing more beautiful than a P51 Mustang sitting in a hangar.

SR-71 - Blackbird - however in this film they call it the prototype SR-72 "Darkstar" (prototype as the SR-71 was retired and a successor has not been forth coming) which is a hypersonic scram jet that is trying to break Mach 9. The SR-71 could break Mach 3 so they were essentially trying to create a plane that could fly three times as fast as the original Blackbird. Purely fictional, the Blackbird was de-commissioned in the late 90's and it still makes my heart flutter when I see its shape on a tarmac or in the sky.

FA-18 Super Hornet - the Super Hornet is the star of this show as it's two seat configuration allows for a pilot and weapons specialist to work together. The replacement to the F-14 it only makes sense to have this new star replace the original.

F35 - Lightening - You would think that the F35 would be Justin Bieber to Justin Timberlake's outdated F18 but because of the two seat ability of the F18 we only get to see the F35 in a side role on this film. So for this film the old dog gets to keep his role, for now.

Sukhoi SU-57 - These are the bad guy's jets. A beast of a single seat stealth fighter that would give any aircraft a run for its money. Not as sexy as the Mig29s in the original movie, but these jets look deadly and sexy all at once. Although the bad guys in the movie were not named, they do have some fancy aircraft.

There are a number of other parts with actors you would be familiar with, like Jon Hamm as the Top Gun Commander, Ed Harris as one of the admirals and Lewis Pullman (BOB) who I expect to get some more big time jobs after his role here.

All in all, I give it three thumbs up because I don't have four.
 

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Survives ejecting at Mach 10?

Affords a multi-million dollar P-51 Mustang on a Navy Captain’s salary?

Still flying on active duty at age 60?

Only one man is capable of flying or training a super secret classified suicide mission?

It will make lots of $$ and people will love it but it’s the silliest story ever written
 

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Expecting believability from a Hollywood movie...
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Wow man. I guess you really, really dug that movie back in the day! Heck of a write up, and thanks for all that. For me, I didn't care for the original movie so I doubt I'll like a remake of it. To each their own ;) Glad you enjoyed it man! Sorry you didn't get accepted into the aviator business, I know how you feel :(
 

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However, there is just nothing more beautiful than a P51 Mustang sitting in a hangar.
Thank you for taking the time to write up a nice review. I enjoyed the movie. However, you are totally wrong on this point and I must rub your nose in it. A P51 is most beautiful at WOT with the gear up, several feet overhead...



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Survives ejecting at Mach 10?

Affords a multi-million dollar P-51 Mustang on a Navy Captain’s salary?

Still flying on active duty at age 60?

Only one man is capable of flying or training a super secret classified suicide mission?

It will make lots of $$ and people will love it but it’s the silliest story ever written
I’m thinking if reality is that important to you, you should maybe stick to documentaries and away from fun stuff.
 

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Maybe the best sequel I’ve ever seen.

For the folks that missed that- it’s not a “remake”. It’s a sequel, set this many years later. And it’s fabulous.

If I really had to dig super deep and find one thing to complain about, I thought Jennifer Connelly was a little wooden and flat in her delivery. But that’s really the only I could nitpick, and it didn’t suck. I’m just being SUPER picky.

The entire thing was fantastic, and yes, Val’s appearance was a very emotional moment for me. Miles Teller and Lewis Pullman just killed. Standout performances for sure.

I’ll definitely buy this one to add to the DVD collection.
 

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I’m thinking if reality is that important to you, you should maybe stick to documentaries and away from fun stuff.
I prefer even my “fun stuff” to have SOME basis in reality.
If you like it great… but don’t piss on my shoe and try to convince me that it’s raining
 

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I prefer even my “fun stuff” to have SOME basis in reality.
If you like it great… but don’t piss on my shoe and try to convince me that it’s raining
There was plenty of reality in the movie for people who wanted it- Lifelong friendships, new ones made, a good love story in which the kid of a single parent didn’t want to watch her mom get hurt again, beautiful scenery, and some truly funny comic moments that were 100% believable.

Let the action and larger than life scenes be the wildest stuff an imagination can come up with.

We all know truly long range space travel and faster than light travel will probably never be possible for a laundry list of reasons based on real, hard, undisputed science. But that’s never kept me from enjoying Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon.

If I want reality I can walk out my front door. Movies are an escape. If it’s all stuff I can actually do, why watch it? Why not just go do it? The whole point is to see things we know aren’t possible, but also think it would be so totally cool if they were.
 

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Thank you for taking the time to write up a nice review. I enjoyed the movie. However, you are totally wrong on this point and I must rub your nose in it. A P51 is most beautiful at WOT with the gear up, several feet overhead...



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When the air show comes to town I always love the Heritage Flight, where they have a P51 along with three newer birds in formation, with the P-51 always leading. This isn't from the local show, but they do the same formation with the P-51, F-22, F-35, and A-10 Warthog. It's just so cool seeing that P-51 out front leading them all. If you watch until at least around 10:30 in the video that's about when they start flying in formation.

 

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I sometimes find myself critiquing zombie movies for not being realistic, lol. I liked the movie also and wasn't really thinking too much about what was going to be realistic or not. Like Jakedog mentioned movies are an escape, I haven't been to a movie in the theater since 2016 there's so much garbage being put out lately that the big screen has been on my ignore list. This movie brought me back to the theater at least for one day. The guy with the Elvis avatar reminds me of those people protesting at airshows, not worth wasting my time with.


Survives ejecting at Mach 10?

Affords a multi-million dollar P-51 Mustang on a Navy Captain’s salary?

Still flying on active duty at age 60?

Only one man is capable of flying or training a super secret classified suicide mission?

It will make lots of $$ and people will love it but it’s the silliest story ever written
 

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There was plenty of reality in the movie for people who wanted it- Lifelong friendships, new ones made, a good love story in which the kid of a single parent didn’t want to watch her mom get hurt again, beautiful scenery, and some truly funny comic moments that were 100% believable.

Let the action and larger than life scenes be the wildest stuff an imagination can come up with.

We all know truly long range space travel and faster than light travel will probably never be possible for a laundry list of reasons based on real, hard, undisputed science. But that’s never kept me from enjoying Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon.

If I want reality I can walk out my front door. Movies are an escape. If it’s all stuff I can actually do, why watch it? Why not just go do it? The whole point is to see things we know aren’t possible, but also think it would be so totally cool if they were.
But beautiful scenery and lifelong friendships are not what draws people to this film…admit it, viewers like you want to see TC going Mach 2 with his hair on fire, riding his motorcycle as fast as he can without the helmet, getting the hot girl and thumbing his nose at his bosses and getting away with it because he is “the best there is”.
It’s every teenage boy’s wet dream.

Fortunately, I am well past that stage, but if others want to enjoy it, more power to them.
 

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I sometimes find myself critiquing zombie movies for not being realistic, lol. I liked the movie also and wasn't really thinking too much about what was going to be realistic or not. Like Jakedog mentioned movies are an escape, I haven't been to a movie in the theater since 2016 there's so much garbage being put out lately that the big screen has been on my ignore list. This movie brought me back to the theater at least for one day. The guy with the Elvis avatar reminds me of those people protesting at airshows, not worth wasting my time with.
The difference is that Naval aviation is real…and zombies, are not.
 

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The difference is that Naval aviation is real…and zombies, are not.
I didn't think the first was realistic either with the inverted jet taking a picture and their canopies a couple of feet apart, buzzing by the tower often and still able to retain his flight status, pulliing the brakes going hundreds of miles an hour with another jet right behind. The one that I couldn't stand was Pearl Harbor being based on something historcial and just too much bs.
 

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We all know Hollywood has never been constrained by reality or the truth when it comes to movie making.

This may come as a shock to anyone who has read my previous comments, but I am actually GLAD that they made this movie.

We can’t discuss politics but in contrast to the last two years, it’s great to see our military services portrayed in a positive light and without a politically correct agenda.

I think it’s basically a patriotic movie…and may help increase recruiting for Naval Aviation.
 

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Survives ejecting at Mach 10?

Affords a multi-million dollar P-51 Mustang on a Navy Captain’s salary?

Still flying on active duty at age 60?

Only one man is capable of flying or training a super secret classified suicide mission?

It will make lots of $$ and people will love it but it’s the silliest story ever written
Not to rain on your parade... see what I did there :) LOL

There is a scenario making its way around the interwebs that he did not survive the ejection at Mach 10 and everything was his end of life movie playing in his subconscious of Mav making everything right with the people who were important to him before he died.

For what it is worth.
 

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When the air show comes to town I always love the Heritage Flight, where they have a P51 along with three newer birds in formation, with the P-51 always leading. This isn't from the local show, but they do the same formation with the P-51, F-22, F-35, and A-10 Warthog. It's just so cool seeing that P-51 out front leading them all. If you watch until at least around 10:30 in the video that's about when they start flying in formation.


Love this!!

Look how small that P51 looks compared to the F35!!
 

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But beautiful scenery and lifelong friendships are not what draws people to this film…admit it, viewers like you want to see TC going Mach 2 with his hair on fire, riding his motorcycle as fast as he can without the helmet, getting the hot girl and thumbing his nose at his bosses and getting away with it because he is “the best there is”.
It’s every teenage boy’s wet dream.

Fortunately, I am well past that stage, but if others want to enjoy it, more power to them.

To each their own of course, but there's a terrible version of that kind of movie and a great version. The original Top Gun was the former (deliciously campily so) and Top Gun Maverick is the latter. Yes Cruise is the central hero of both movies, but there's far more humility and self-deprecation in the sequel. What it loses in the unintentional humor of the original, it more than makes up with some genuinely effecting performances especially in the scene between Cruise and Kilmer.

All that aside, it really is an astonishing technical achievement. Not since Fury Road have I seen an action movie do a better job of creating elaborate but spatially coherent set pieces. If you're into that kind of thing (and I am) it's really a masterclass in editing and maintaining continuity.
 




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