31 years?! What took them so long?!
When Top Gun came out in 1986, I was still a young man. I still had dreams, ambitions… maybe even hope. Watching Top Gun changed my life, forever. Gone were the wayfarers, in came the aviators. Gone were the dreams and ambitions, in came an irrational desire to shift to the US from India to become a pilot. Top Gun had its pros and cons but I loved it. As soon as I saw it, I wanted a sequel. But there was no sequel then. So, I waited.
For 31 long, long years.
Today, I’m not the young man I used to be. My dreams, ambitions, and hope have been replaced by arthritis, mostly. I gave up on a sequel after my second divorce but today, my nephew tells me that Top Gun 2 has been confirmed. I don’t mean to complain, but I am not happy. Too little, too late. 31 years can take a toll on anyone, whether it’s me or Van Kilmer. Here’s an idea- Maybe, just don’t do the sequel?
Why? For starters, the actors are old AF (almost my age). While I have nothing against a bunch 50-year old men in a movie that originally represented restless, young men, it’s going to be a lot harder to relive that nostalgia.
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Van Kilmer has also expressed his interest in being a part of Top Gun 2, and I think that’s a great idea. What could go wrong (besides the natural progression of life)?
Alright, maybe I’m wrong and it doesn’t matter if the sequel took so long. Maybe, Top Gun 2 won’t suck just because it took 3 decades to finally happen. A part of me wants it to be good, but the other part of me has PTSD from being disappointed for so long. Deep inside, I want the film to be amazing, but I’m just afraid. Afraid that it won’t live up to the hype, afraid of a legacy being tarnished, and most importantly, afraid of change.
If the film turns out to be good, there are going to be two groups of people who will be even happier than me – The US Navy (applications for Naval Aviators went up by 500% after the original Top Gun), and the folks over at Ray-Ban, for obvious reasons.
Either way, I’m going to be watching this movie along with my nephew first day, first show.
Best of luck, Maverick. Don’t let me down.