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YNMS: Top Gun Maverick

We're way behind on movie trailers. So here's another Yes No Maybe So courtesy of Tony Ruggio...

The interwebz collectively threw shade a year or two ago when Tom Cruise, Jerry Bruckheimer, and director Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy, Oblivion) announced the twenty-years-too-late sequel to Top Gun, complete with some premise about sons and legacies and an aging Maverick. Sounded like the same ol’ routine any time a long-dormant brand or franchise suddenly decides to reboot or, in the case of Top Gun, sequelize for the very first time. It’s somethin’ else what a good trailer can do...because all of that is here and more in the first trailer which dropped on Thursday, and yet it’s one of the best teasers this year...


  • DAT SCORE. Top Gun’s original tunes have always been iconic, but Hans Zimmer’s updated melody here mixes triumphant and melancholy to really, truly stir those nostalgic feelings. 

  • CRUISE IS A MANIAC, and I love him for it. Based on the eye-catching aerial photography (getting M:I - Fallout flashbacks, a great thing), looks like Cruise found a way around those pesky rules that say civilians can’t fly military aircraft. That or they’ve done a tremendous job disguising it. 

  • Miles Teller. Coming off the quietly mesmerizing Refn joint Too Old to Die Young, Teller is on a roll again. Great mustache on board, he’s a dead ringer here as Son of Goose. 

  • Glen Powell. The man defied expectations in Set It Up and has proven himself a charm factory. Might they be taking advantage of his slightly smarmy screen presence and making him the new Iceman? 

  • Speaking of Powell, shirtless beach sports FTW. Another “I see you” throwback. 

  • Ed Harris was born to play military commanders and he’s presented here like the authoritative legend that he is…



  • Not a thing.


  • Dialogue’s iffy. Ed’s intro monologue sounds cliched, but the legend sells it anyway. Hope it’s not a sign of things to come. 

  • Cruise on motorback. Another throwback to the original with Cruise chasing a jet on a Kawasaki bike. Too many of these and it might feel like they’re just trying to relive the glory days. We’ll see. 

I’m firmly a YES. How about you?

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The answer is No. No good can come from this.

July 22, 2019 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Kelly McGillis where are you?

July 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

100% no. Looks like a MAGA film and I don't like Tammy's wigs.

July 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJono

No, fuck Tom Cruise.

July 23, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

I didn't really like the first film (except for Kelly McGillis and 'Take My Breath Away') but I'm a Maybe So on this. It's often fascinating when a sequel turns up decades after the previous film - and it worked fine with Mad Max: Fury Road.

July 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEdward L.

Maybe so. I have no feelings about the first movie or about Tom Cruise generally, although I like him best in action mode. But it's a good trailer.

July 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Proud to say I have never seen Top Gun and never will. Have never, ever understood the appeal of Tom Cruise.

July 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Yeah, I think I'm a no. The original Top Gun isn't a great movie, regardless, but selling us "THAT, but straighter" is...yeah, sorry, I'm out.

July 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Top Gun is a time capsule that's pretty problematic. Spoilers, I guess: There are moments that are done well, mostly surrounding the Top Gun training and the death of Goose. But it's also news to no one that it's filled with cringy-cliches - the nameless villains in tinted masks (might as well be the Independence Day aliens), the educated woman who falls for the fast-talking macho man, the white guy prodigy with a chip on his shoulder who keeps getting chances because the other white guys in charge "see something in him that reminds him of them". It's a classic inasmuch as it catapulted Tom Cruise to super-stardom, gave us a some catchy tunes and a memorable score, and some sweet 80's action. But I see no reason to revisit this material unless Cruise & Co. are choosing to acknowledge 30 years of social progress. I guess it's possible.

July 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

A 5th or 6th Mission Impossible film, whatever number last year’s film was, could’ve also been tired and a Maybe So or a No. And it turned into a HUGE YES. And he’s done that other times with Oblivion (this film’s director) and Edge of Tomorrow. I know it’s over 30 years old and seems like a ridiculous idea, but he’s proved us wrong before and this is not the new Rambo trailer either. Have you seen that? He’s stuck in a house defending himself so the film can be cheap and fast to make with little vfx and more practical ones. The new Top Gun looks just as good as he original and promises some of the same effects and sequences. So it’s a YES for me until reviews come out next year.

July 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJulia Roberts

The Jon Hamm erasure here.

July 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I'm a no because there's no good reason to be a yes.

And truthfully, I just came here to say that the trailer for Harriet has arrived.

July 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

Most of you seem to be judging the original instead of judging the trailer.

July 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTony Ruggio

Rocky Balboa and Creed both seemed unnecessary/bad ideas when they were first announced, but they turned out pretty well. This could be good. I'm a maybe.

July 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCash

Hell no. Why are people still supporting a cult. Seriously.

July 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMMinDC

Kozinski really knows how to use the wide screen so this would be a must in IMAX and Cruise always knows how to give his audience what they want

July 23, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

NO, because they seemed to have shaved Glen Powell for no likely reason (sigh), but otherwise YES, probably for the visuals, the soundtrack, and the volleyball.

July 23, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

The original movie inspired a great gay porn classic " Big Guns"

July 24, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

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