When I heard about the movie Top Gun Maverick coming out, I knew I’d go. Like many of you, I’m a product of the 80s and that was the era of Tom Cruise.
I admit to liking him in many of the movies that are classics to me.
This is one of my favorite oldies. Oh, there were so many good actors in this movie.
I was a junior in high school… in 1983 when Risky Business came out.
I loved Rain Man.
I remember going to see A Few Good Men and because I love all movies like these, I loved it too.
In 1986, for sure I’d say my favorite movie was Top Gun. I loved the days when movies came out with albums that went with the movies. I wonder why that isn’t as popular anymore.
I am not one to rewatch movies but this one…I watched it as a VHS movie several times. How could one not? Of course, I cried all over again. How could they let Goose die? Ah…
So going to see the new movie was very nostalgic for me. Before I went I heard much of the controversy from some saying they wouldn’t go because of Cruise’s Scientology beliefs. I’m not on that page. That’s a whole private life and a work-life thing that I don’t get into.
I heard about the uproar that Kelly McGillis Tom Cruises’ love interest in the movie wasn’t asked to be in the movie. I read an article about it and am sharing a portion here if you didn’t catch it.
“Entertainment Tonight asked McGillis way back in 2019 if the makers of Top Gun: Maverick had asked her to be in the film. “Oh my god no. They did not, nor do I think they would ever,” she replied, almost laughing at the idea. “I mean, I’m old and I’m fat, and I look age-appropriate for what my age is, and that is not what that whole scene is about.”
Fortunately, McGillis didn’t seem to be upset by her very realistic explanation. “I’d much rather feel absolutely secure in my skin and who and what I am at my age, as opposed to placing a value on all that other stuff,” she said. The 64-year-old actress told ET that she left Hollywood to get sober and focus on raising her family, and isn’t necessarily itching to see the sequel anyway.”
It made me look up a picture of her today. Here’s the now and then.
The uproar is that she wasn’t asked to be in the new movie…I’ll leave you to make up your own mind on how you feel about that. I don’t want to open a pandora’s box.
By the way…if the agism, glorifying of youth, and unrealistic bodies, bother you, (It does me), start watching more British television. It’s much better. Women don’t wear as many tight clothes. Everyone doesn’t have the perfect body or looks…or makeup or clothes. British television is much more realistic as far as body types and characters go. I love it. I highly suggest it.
So to the gritty…Did I like the movie??
YES. YES. YES. I loved the movie.
They did such a great job meshing the old movie with the new movie. If you at all liked the original version, go see the new version. I know we all have the option to stream things and watch them on our televisions in the privacy of our homes, but this is one of those movies that is much better if seen in the theater.
I give the movie a strong 10!!