Like most 80s action blockbusters, Tony Scott’s Top Gun was a clichéd, hammy display of masculinity and sentimentality. A selfish, preening, muscly fighter pilot becomes a selfless, preening, muscly fighter pilot after stroking some planes, bedding a girl and then having a short crisis of conscience after his best mate Goose dies.
Being a contemporary blockbuster, you might imagine that the new legacy sequel Top Gun: Maverick would deconstruct that in some way. But, beyond a couple of references to Maverick being a dinosaur and a few more winks to the audience to acknowledge how silly everything is, the film ultimately treats its character drama in almost exactly the same way as the original did.
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