Top Gun

Top Gun (Tony Scott, 1986)

I wish I’d enjoyed Tony Scott’s second feature more. I was expecting to, having seen it some years ago and been impressed with the visuals, particularly the staging of the flying scenes. But this time it was a little too obviously aimed at the markets for which it provides entertainment. There are the locker room and beach volleyball scenes for the girls, and for the boys the aforementioned shoot-em-up action (and the locker room and beach volleyball scenes). But it’s mostly the romance subplot which I just could not believe in for a second. I could not imagine a chick with a PhD in astrophysics being interested in a pilot jock just because he has a great smile – especially when he’s three inches shorter than she is!

As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.

Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt

Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 20 March, 2017 | Now: 20 March, 2017