I saw “Top Gun” last night for the first time. It’s not a very good movie, made worse by very, very bad acting. Tom is insufferable; Meg Ryan is even bad. The story only kind of makes sense, and the final fight sequence isn’t exactly something you can even track moment to moment, and you sort of have to wait until they all appear at the end to realize that Iceman survived. The soundtrack was lauded at the time, but it is essentially one song, over and over again. The actors say the name of the movie endlessly, and near the end of the film characters start wearing promotional hats for the film in the film itself. The only thing that can be said for it is that the planes are well shot and represent that kind of craft well in film. But in doing so, it only advances the military industrial complex at a time when you didn’t really need to pump it up.
How did this movie get made? Why was it popular? I do not understand any of this.