‘Top Gun: Maverick’ And The Longing For America’s Cinematic Past

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ And The Longing For America’s Cinematic Past


Much has been said about the summer blockbuster, “Top Gun: Maverick.” Yet, one thing I haven’t heard from anyone else is that the film evoked a touch of melancholy.

Okay, I’ll admit it’s an odd reaction. and it’s likely just a response to the nostalgic references that filled nearly every frame of the film.

Of course, I’m not suggesting the movie itself was in any way sad – it wasn’t. The aerial photography was thrilling. Catching up with Maverick, 36 years later, to find him still doing control tower fly-bys was certainly a blast.

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Still, “Top Gun: Maverick” left me with the nagging feeling that, today, America’s best movie moments are ones that draw on their franchise’s cinematic past. It’s worth noting I felt the same way after

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