Top Gun movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Top Gun is an entertaining 80s classic that’ll definitely set off some thoughts about becoming a pilot for some. But this movie feels more on top of visuals and music than plot, but it’s a good alpha-male story.


Maverick, a daring young pilot, learns a few new things from a gorgeous civilian instructor as he competes with other students to be the best of Top Gun, the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school.

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Movie details

Director: Tony Scott
Cast: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, John Stockwell, Tim Robbins
Writer: Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr.
Release Date (Australia): 31 July 1986
Runtime: 109 minutes/1h 49m
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film features multiple battles involving planes and sense of peril.

Violence (PG)

The film features battle sequences involving planes.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains use of the word “s**t”, as well as occasional use of the words “ass”, “hell”, “d**k” and “p***y”.

Sex (PG)

The film contains several crude verbal sexual references and a sex scene.

mpaa rating

PG (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Top Gun’s alpha-male fighter pilot plot mainly revolves around impressive 80s visuals and soundtrack rather than anything else. That’s not to say it’s a bad movie or is just a disappointment for a classic blockbuster, because anyone, who either loved or disliked the film, could easily make out why it’s so popular and made so much money.

The real low side of it is the plot, but not because it’s so simple that a 4-year-old could completely understand it. The movie is just a bunch of males competing to be the best of an elite fighter pilot training. And it obviously has to plant Tom Cruise in this character who’s just confident in such a predictable way and he blends into a bit of boring romance with a “standout-gorgeous” Kelly McGillis.

It’s honestly hard to say the movie really has a big plot, because it’s just too simple and lazy to really strike attention. However, the dogfights in this movie are probably what earn the most attraction. There’s brilliant 80s soundtrack sitting in the background of absolutely phenomenal cinematography that perfectly captures certain times of the day. It’s visually and audibly well-done, but the dumb story takes it back down.

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