The Two Toms
Forrest Gump (1994) 8.8
Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.
Forrest Gump is a simple man with a low I.Q. but good intentions. He is running through childhood with his best and only friend Jenny. His ‘mama’ teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose his destiny. Forrest joins the army for service in Vietnam, finding new friends called Dan and Bubba, he wins medals, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, starts a ping-pong craze, creates the smiley, writes bumper stickers and songs, donates to people and meets the president several times. However, this is all irrelevant to Forrest who can only think of his childhood sweetheart Jenny Curran, who has messed up her life. Although in the end all he wants to prove is that anyone can love anyone.
Tom Hanks’ best performance
This awesome movie is about an innocent man who represents how the world should be: he’s loyal, humble, honest, he would never cheat or lie. He does everything with good heart and reaches success at the most important tasks of life.
Only in America he could live such an interesting life: meet Elvis Presley, President Kennedy, John Lennon… He goes to Vietnam’s war and he does everything following his heart. He becomes an American hero.
Gary Sinise is a great American actor in his best performance too. He served in Vietnam with Forrest and was also a hero, protecting his men and fighting for his country.
All in all this is a must-see movie for everyone, specially for non-Americans, so we can enjoy American culture and icons, as well as learn some American history, which is very useful.
Top Gun (1986) 6.9
As students at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.
Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is an expert United States Naval Aviator. When he encounters a pair of MiGs over the Persian Gulf, his wingman is clearly outflown and freaks. On almost no fuel, Maverick is able to talk him back down to the carrier. When his wingman turns in his wings, Maverick is moved up in the standings and sent to the Top Gun Naval Flying School. There he fights the attitudes of the other pilots and an old story of his father’s death in combat that killed others due to his father’s error. Maverick struggles to be the best pilot, stepping on the toes of his other students and in another way to Charlie Blackwood, a civilian instructor to whom he is strongly attracted.
Entertaining no brainer
Top Gun is a high quality, visually stunning film that does all it can to take your breath away. It is the excellently choreographed dog fights that remain in the mind longer than anything as they are high octane, dazzling bursts of excitement which bring the film to life. However, fighter jet sequences do not make a film and it is the plot where Top Gun has some occasional problems.
Parts of the story are overly cheesy and clichéd. The proud to be American theme is dire, repetitive and anyone who dislikes over patriotism in films will despise this. The story line involving Tom Cruise and Tom Skerrit approaches boredom and is the pinnacle of Top Gun’s cheese. ‘Cheese’ is OK, as long as it is not serious and that is where that specific story line falls flat. The fun cheesy parts are some of the films best moments. The volleyball scene is truly a classic and the four actors involved are genuinely enjoying themselves. The relationship between Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards is also very moving at times and the dynamic they have makes for great viewing.
The acting is what saves Top Gun from being Tinsel town garbage. Tom Cruise launched his career with this film. His cocky smile makes him perfect for this role and Cruise does fantastically at portraying a determined, passionate character. It is the emotional scenes where Cruise really sets himself apart from his peers. Cruise provides the few scenes where the audience are made to feel any emotion and he carries out his responsibility creditably. Anthony Edwards as Goose is also effective as the man who takes second spot to Cruise’s Maverick. He is instantly popular with the audience with his wit, humour and charm. Val Kilmer and Rick Rossovich are great as the rivals. They play off each other really well and do a fantastic job to personify arrogance. Michael Ironside does what he does best and once again, manages to go through a whole film without smiling.
The story between Cruise and Kelly McGillis is very romantic and sensual. The heat between them is conveyed very well on screen and it is this that sets Top Gun above films such as Iron Eagle and Chuck Norris films.
Berlin’s ‘Take My Breath Away’ is a song that still gets a good deal of airplay and suits this film to perfection; it’s cheesy and its 80s. The music is very effective at setting the mood and complements the feel of the film.
Top Gun is a film that achieves its objectives, to entertain. If you’re looking for intelligent writing or mass thought provocation, this film isn’t for you. Top Gun is best suited to those who desire to switch off their brain and enjoy.
TOP GUN rocks, plain and simple
This film was made to look cool, sound cool, and define cool. Not enough character development, an overall simple and childish plot.
Classic 80’s movie: Tom Cruise at his best
The fact that people are still writing about this film 15yrs after it was first released (and I’m not just talking about me!) really says a lot. I was dubious about writing a comment, seeing as it really has been ages since it was released and thinking that most people who wanted to see it probably already have. After recently watching it for the umpteenth time on TV, I felt compelled to write a quickie 😉 I have to say, it’s the first time I looked up Top Gun on the imdb and I was actually quite surprised that it only received a 6.4 rating. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, don’t judge it by the ratings, read a few user comments first and just rent it out, I guarantee you’ll have a good time, especially with its amazing soundtrack! The best 80’s songs ever written, I still get chills down my back listening to them 😉 It’s a simple plot but there’s something about it that makes it a seriously enjoyable film and one you can watch time and time again. Go have fun! Enjoy!