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Top Gun

When I was a child this was a story about a rogue warrior and his quest towards success. I indentified with Maverick: a lone wolf who worked to prove his merits, and suffered as a result of his ambitions. Eight years old, a mere cub myself, I begged my mother to buy me the Top Gun video game and flight stick. Equipped with the requisite tools I spent hours trying to land just one Tomcat on the flight deck… I failed. It ain’t easy being a naval engineer.

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When I was an adolescent my attention turned to Kelly McGillis. What a babe! Furthermore, she was brilliant. Billed as educated and unattainable it was pretty much predestined that I’d have crush on her. The thought of flirtatious elevator rides, witty classroom banter, and an incredibly scored sex scene kept my teenage eyes attentive. It also screwed me up slightly considering the standards such cinema set. I mean not only did I set myself up to fail in flight suit, I’d doomed myself to crash and burn in a monkey suit as well.

In my twenties my attention shifted to the technical elements. This film was the beginning of Tony Scott’s career; the man who would later bring to light the likes of True Romance, Enemy of the State, and Man on Fire. Its 27 million dollar budget flipped a 350 million plus return, and on May 16th it will celebrate its 25th anniversary. In honor of this fact AMC Theaters returned this classic to the screen for a limited engagement. Not only were fans blessed to see this throwback on storied silver, they also received a limited edition poster for the privilege.

Lastly, this movie took on a additional depth within the last twenty-four hours. One of the film’s greatest assets was the American Navy’s direct involvement with the picture. From technical assistance to use of government property, the Navy helped ensure this film was worthy of its subject matter. Recently this same honored institution again ensured its country received the protection it deserved. Yesterday, America’s commander and chief announced that its greatest enemy had been defeated. Though many doubted, laughed, and made light of this historic moment… I felt a sense of relief. The man that orchestrated the most horrific attack on American soil is no longer a threat. To all the men and women who made this possible… God Bless you.

Appreciation provided by me and my life at the movies.

Comments

  • http://twitter.com/g_gryffyn 그웬 (Gwen)

    Excellent post! Top Gun’s one of those iconic movies I remember growing up, one that was most definitely a boys movie that I saw anyway. Got me fascinated with planes and fighter jets and definitely in Tom Cruise before he turned into a fruitcake. I think it was the soundtrack I loved most, and played it over and over and over again. Even now, as soon as I saw your mentions of a Top Gun blog, a combination of the Top Gun Anthem and Danger Zone started playing in my head. Good writing, nice approach, and yeah, very timely tribute at the end.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Gwen. There were so many details I left out. For example: I use to only wear fighter plane sweat-suits as a kid. I was going to hound my mother to dig into our photo archive and get a picture of me in them… but I don’t like to bother my mother with last minute requests.

      Also, Tom Cruise at this point was owning the 80′s. It’s so hard to imagine the decade without him. Eventually I want to write about my favorite movie of his… Risky Business. A

      Anyways, so happy you enjoyed :)

      • KWgirl

        I seriously don’t remember buying you fighter plane sweatsuits! Sweatsuits yes, thats pretty much all they sold for boys your age, but fighter plane ones? Hmm, I’ll have to dig through all the pictures and see what I can come up with! I did LOVE this movie and soundtrack…very iconic for the day. I agree with you about his best film….LOVED Risky Business!

      • Anonymous

        I wore it in 2nd grade. It had grey sweats with a white top. The top had a list of fighter jets in grey. I still remember it…. CLEARLY! LOL.

        As for Risky Business, I am saving that one for a future blog. I believe it to be the best coming of age movie of ALL TIME!

  • http://twitter.com/sabrina_camp sabrina

    great blog jon.
    loved how you explained your progression with the movie over the years.
    i like you adolescent years the best ;)

    • Anonymous

      So do I :) I had so many notes about that section that it was hard to boil it down to 100 words or less. It was so cool to see the digitally remastered copy on the big screen. That said in one scene it looked like Kelly McGillis had man hands… but I’m hoping it was just the angle.

  • Rachel Boyd

    LOL Jon, I’m pretty sure mom would have done it….just so the world could see you dressed in your 80′s fighter plane sweat suit….I think you should put in the request and edit the post to add the pics. I myself would greatly enjoy it!
    I loved the post and it’s progression from childhood through to the latest big event!
    Keep writing! Love ya

    • Anonymous

      Here’s the deal. You get mom to get the photos. I think I had that gray fighter jet sweatsuit in 2nd grade. I know I’m rocking it out for picture day with Ms. Ewald :) LOL! She was still the hottest teacher I ever had… and I had to have her when I was 8 years old!!! HAHAHAHA! I peaked to early.

      Anyways. If you can get mom to get it I’ll put it up.

  • Anonymous

    I like this format a lot but you can’t go wrong with this film. If I met someone who didnt like this movie I’d have to re-evaluate my relationship with them!

    I’m going to be getting this in 5 days actually….

    http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/Disc_Announcements/Paramount/Top_Gun_Blu-ray_Double_Dip_Announced/6487

    • Anonymous

      I felt I could do nothing but go wrong with it considering how much everyone loves this movie. It’s blogs like this that are really hard to be creative with I find. This topic has been covered so many times that I really had to think about my approach. Lets just say this one was the hardest of the three choices fans were given. I was actually hoping for Bang Bang Club. I had a great one ready to go, LOL! Alas, I’m glad I was pushed to write this one.

  • Chris Elliott

    DUDE! What an awesome piece. Other than that straight BS about Osama-Been-Dead-For-A-Decade, I really REALLY loved this post. I think those facts you added about the government lending equipment to further validate the movie were amazing. Those 3 songs ALL struck my heart strings and I loved your overall homage to a great American classic. Well done sir.

    • Anonymous

      Let’s just say I’m not a conspiracy theorist. Any term that denotes complete suspicion is not my forte. I believe in what Obama. Aside from he politics I’m glad the songs went over well. I debated them for an hour. That OST has a ton of amazing options, but I went with my guy and picked the songs that played in my fav moments. The Otis track has to be my fav, I totally forgot its importance in the film :)

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