Top Gun ★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

The aircraft footage is still totally cool. The age before CGI when everything was practical and real means the planes move like planes really move. For that reason, the flying sequences have stood the test of time really well. The rest of the film... not so much. The story is mostly drivel, of course. The romance is cringeworthy at times - with at least one of the worst screen kisses I think I've ever seen. And the one-liners and quips mostly look terribly dated - maybe this was the originator of the clichés but it's still clichéd. That said, some of the pilot camaraderie and the macho rivalry stuff still holds up for me. Goose's death still stings - the scene with Cruise and Ryan after Goose dies is actually pretty great.

Ultimately though, the real star of the film is the F14 Tomcat.

Oh, and by the way, in a movie with pretty decent (if dated) music, "Take My Breath Away" is a terrible song.