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His Name is PETE????

  • Aug 21, 2000
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Pros: Nice script which touches on virtually all facets of a story

Cons: Meg Ryan's annoying Southern accent; Dizzying camera angles; HIS NAME WAS PETE!!!

Top Gun is one of Dionne's favorite movies. As you all know, Dionne and I are best friends. She loves Tom Cruise, whereas I thinks he's okay at best. Tonight, after an impromptu pizza party in the Commons, Dionne, Erik, Casino, Corrina, Scott and I decided to watch Top Gun. To tell you the truth, I was more into watching our other option, Joe's Apartment. However, when Dionne and Corrina found out that I never saw Top Gun, the decision was made. We would watch good old Tom Cruise with his friends Val Kilmer (whom I love to drool over), Anthony Edwards, Kelly McGillis, and others.

Sorry, Dee, but this film didn't do it for me.

Perhaps it was just the fact that it seemed like a bunch of boys were just flying around in big planes and shooting at each other, while a proverbial whizzing contest went on between Maverick and Iceman about who's the better pilot. Throw in Charlie, the woman Mav tries to pick up in a bar and turns out to be one of the instructors (well, one of the civilian consults) at the Top Gun school, and you've got a little bit of romance going on. Add the horrible death of Mav's partner, Goose, and there's your sentiment. Tie it all together with Maverick saving his arch rival Iceman from the bad guys, and there's your movie.

I know I'm going to get slammed for this review. Sorry.

The camera angles during the plane scenes were absolutely dizzying, though not as bumpy as the Blair Witch "footage." I suppose that's what the Director of Photography was going for, as though to give a sort of feeling that you're inside the cockpit. Unfortunately, there were no airsick bags on hand.

Jerry Bruckheimer, who directed this film, certainly knows how to cater to the audience he's making the movie for, as well as the dates they would bring to see it with them. This is neither a chick flick nor a guy movie. The military and battle (or simulation) scenes do it for the guys, whereas the romance and tender moments seal the deal for the girls. (Well, that along with Cruise and Kilmer.)

There are many, many continuity flaws in this film, which is such a shame. For example, Iceman turns on the guns twice in the last scene. The shots of Maverick's plane are two different planes. There are just a bunch of obvious mistakes that should have been caught while the director and his crew were watching the dailies. (Dailies, for those not familiar with the term, are the videotapes of the day before's footage. The director and a select bunch from crew sit and watch them and pick out the problems, and decide which takes they like the best.) If it wasn't caught at the dailies, it should have been noticed and fixed in post-production.

One thing that really bothered me was the name of the main character, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell. Pete?! Okay, I have absolutely nothing against the name Pete, but it's just so. . . I don't know. . . Unsexy. I can't tell you how disappointed I was when I realized that Pete was his real name. I mean, it just brings to mind Peter Brady or Peter Tork. Maverick Mitchell, now that's a name. But, Pete Mitchell? As a hero? I don't know. I would hope for something a little more unusual, like Simon or Theo or something. A silly complaint, I know, but it just took so much away for me. Once again, I have nothing against that name.

I'm glad that I finally got to watch this film. However, I don't see what all the hype is about. I was stoked that Tim Robbins was in it, but very disappointed at his rather small part. Was this one of Cruise's best films? Not in my humble opinion. I'd take Cocktail over Top Gun any day of the week, and twice on Sunday.



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Top Gun is a 1986 American film directed by Tony Scott and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr., and was inspired by an article written by Ehud Yonay for California Magazine entitled "Top Guns." The film stars Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer and Tom Skerritt.

The film follows LT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a young Naval aviator who aspires to be a top fighter pilot in the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, which trains the top 1% of all Naval aviators. Maverick gets his chance to attend the school after one of the pilots drop out, allowing him and his RIO (Radar Intercept Officer, the "back seater" in the two-man F-14 Tomcat) LTJG Nick "Goose" Bradshaw to train with the best. The film opened in America on May 16, 1986 to good reviews, the aerial scenes being most notably praised. Similar praise followed soon afterwards when the film broke records at the box office, becoming a mega hit. The film accumulated over $350 million worldwide, and broke home-video sales records.

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