We're in an age of nostalgia in cinema. Everything is being brought back around because apparently there are very few original ideas that big Hollywood production houses want to back. Just look at all the remakes and series continuations we've had in recent years: The Grinch, The Addams Family, The Lion King, Shaft, Charlie's Angels, Terminator, The Matrix, Men In Black, Fuller House, Freaky Friday (2018), Ghostbusters, Little Women, Overboard, Halloween, A Star Is Born, just to name a few. All of those movies and tv shows, are remakes/reboots made in the last THREE YEARS. It just seems like we're leaning on the idea of "it worked back then, it'll work now" just a little too much.
However, sometimes a reboot or a continuation is necessary. A Star Is Born garnered a BUNCH of award attention and even took home some hardware, The Lion King was cool trip to see just how advanced CGI is in this day and age, and I am VERY much looking forward to The Matrix 4 when it comes out next year (more than 20 years since the original was released). I just think that we could see some really great original movies if these huge corporations focused more on story instead of just making money.
Can you blame them though? Maybe it's not about Hollywood but rather, the consumer...the trend seems to be, unless it's a superhero film or an Oscar contender, people aren't really going to the theaters...it's an interesting time in film and one I'd like to expand upon in a future blog, but for now....TOP GUN 2!
Did we need this? No. Does it look incredible and way more action packed than the original? Yes. Does Tom Cruise ever age? Debatable.
Speaking of nostalgia, it's got the group bar singing scene, the shirtless volleyball scene, the motorcycle with the jet flying over, all the things to remind you that, yes, this is the movie you remember. Although I'm pretty sure Miles Teller's character is Goose's son (RIP). It's sure to be action packed given the advancement in cameras in the last 30 years, so I am very much looking forward to seeing this one in theaters and giving a full review afterwards. 'Top Gun: Maverick' will be released on June 26th, 2020. - @Traceahamilton