Monday, July 3, 2017

Why The World Doesn't Need a Top Gun Sequel


Earlier today, Paramount Pictures announced a title, and a release date, for the long-awaited sequel to the 1986 action-drama Top Gun.

The film will be released July 2, 2019, and will be called Top Gun: Maverick. Why this title? Because Tom Cruise said "it's not going to be called Top Gun 2, I don't want a number, you don't need a number." 


Top Gun is probably the most-popular fighter-pilot film ever made, and still stands tall to today's special effects standards. The movie had a fitting plot, resolution and epilogue. So why the fuck do we need a sequel, 33 years later no less.

Back in the 1980's when Tom Cruise still made good films not called Mission Impossible (yes, there's another one of those in the works too), he didn't scare people away with his strange demeanor or jump on couches, or insult Matt Lauer, or began a strange and relatively creepy relationship with Katie Holmes. 

Since the first Mission Impossible, Tom Cruise has produced and fronted a callous collection of flops that include this year's monumental disappointment, The Mummy.

Tom Cruise isn't the only reason why the world absolutely does not need a Top Gun sequel, however. Let's look at other aspects.

It's been 33 fucking years since the original. There hasn't been a whole lot of luck when it comes to large time gaps in between sequels. For example:
  • Godfather Part III - 1990 (16 years after part 2)
  • Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull - 2008 (19 years after latest installment
  • Independence Day: Resurgence - 2016 (20 years after original)
  • Tron: Legacy - 2010 (28 years after the original)
  • Return to Oz - 1985 (48 years after the original)

Return to Oz (1985)


Everyone of the aforementioned films were TERRIBLE!! And they all originated from legendary classic films.

This is why we don't need a Top Gun sequel. Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer are well over 50 years old, and Tony Scott, the director of Top Gun, sadly took his own life, so whatever we get, will be a completely different vision of Maverick and his world 33 years later. Different directors kill sequels, period.

The thrill of Top Gun was the manned fighter jets dogfighting to the death. Many rumors surrounding Top Gun: Maverick, state that the film will revolve around drones. Drones? Really?

Someone needs to shoot this film out of the sky. -EE




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