Swedish policy About neutrality during World War 2 remains controversial, but before the war, the Swedish government knew it needed to build up an army to defend itself. The government established the Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, or Saab, for the purpose of building aircraft. After the war, Saab drew on his engineering experience to work on a peacetime project: Cars.
By the late 70s, Saab had a luxury reputation in America. 1979 Saab 900 Turbo becomes the first mainstream turbocharger on the market. The company wanted to highlight this technical breakthrough by showcasing its military and civilian divisions, so they made an ad comparing the two. What the company has in store will, in many ways, define the next decade of movies.
Chain plays two men who silently approach an airplane and a car. Both vehicles are flooded with light, creating a dreamy image that makes them resemble oddly shaped surfaces rather than intricate machines. But when drivers step into their cars, movement begins, creating a sense of wonder. Doors open, handles pressed, cockpit closed, stoic expressions made, and a voice proudly announcing, “nothing on Earth comes close.”
The director of this commercial was Tony Scott, and its success led to him directing Top gunner. In many ways, the 1986 film was an extension of a trailer intended to bring humans and machines together. But instead of showcasing Sweden’s technical prowess, Scott combined the unstoppable might of the US military with the unstoppable charisma of Tom Cruise.
There was some conflict during the Cold War in Top Guns, though it’s not really the point of the movie. In the first scene of the film, Soviet MiGs are threatening the Americans Maverick (Cruise) and Goose (Anthony Edwards). But why doesn’t matter compared to the moment a plane flipped upside down to flip a Soviet bird’s wing before a panicked pilot was helped to land safely when the incident was over.
Legendary filmmaker Francois Truffaut once told Gene Siskel that making an anti-war film is actually a challenge because it “fascinates everything and always argues for whatever behavior they show”. Top Guns consider this a feature, not a bug. When Kenny Loggins sang “Danger Zone,” the planes were bathed in golden light.
Color and sound reign supreme in Top Gunsfrom the dark blues of the radar to the Oscar-winning song “Take My Breath Away.” Top Guns often show more emotion than narrative, which helps because the script is often lacking. We’ve been told over and over that Maverick is a lady’s man, even though he got into a fight with Charlie (Kelly McGillis) even though he improvised “”You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin”.” Charlie, who we later learn will also be Maverick’s mentor, shares the same problem with him as everyone else: He’s just too good. He did a great job. So she couldn’t stop seeing the cocky bastard.
One could argue that Charlie is not Top Gun’s main love interest. The film’s homosexual reputation predates it, in part due to Scott’s use of photographs by photographer Bruce Weber. Looking good: A guide for men as an influence. The camera lovingly and forcefully focuses on Maverick, Iceman (Val Kilmer), and a bunch of young men playing volleyball for sheer fun.
“I knew I had to show all the boys, but I didn’t have a point…so I just shot out of it,” Scott said of the film’s Blu-ray scene. But that can also apply to anything else in the Top Guns. The series is loosely structured around a rivalry over the Top Gun show, but it’s much more focused on hanging out with its characters.
There’s a reason people remember the volleyball scene, as opposed to the climactic battle in which Maverick and Iceman put aside their differences to shoot down MiGs together. That final fight doesn’t happen, with the Top Gun graduates quickly being asked to give up what they’re doing for a rescue mission. The volleyball scene, on the other hand, feels natural. We’ve seen these characters compete against each other in class, so there’s a reason they’ll be competing while having fun on the beach, too.
Top Guns does not have a specific point of view other than “airplanes are great” and “being a rebel in a system who also supports the system is great”. It’d rather focus on the vibe, which shifts drastically between all the love and the air combat. Cruise and Kilmer played a big part in that, but in the end Scott really did just that.
Top Guns streaming on Netflix until May 31.
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