Quentin Tarantino enthusiastically praises Top Gun: Maverick

Quentin Tarantino praises Joseph Kosinski’s Top Gun: Maverick for respecting Tony Scott’s first film and providing a throwback cinematic experience.

Oscar-nominated director Quentin Tarantino praises Joseph Kosinski and Tom Cruise’s record-breaking sequel, Top Gun: Maverick. As an avid cinephile drawing from a variety of genres and styles (while maintaining a proclivity for graphic violence and non-linear storytelling), Tarantino burst onto the scene in 1992 with reservoir dogs. He would go on to direct classics such as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchainedand Once upon a time in Hollywood. Although he’s supposed to be one feature away from retirement, Tarantino will remain a prominent voice in the industry.


After nearly a decade in development (and pandemic-related delays), the sequel to Tony Scott’s 1986 action drama, Superior gun, arrived in theaters earlier this year. by Kosinsky Top Gun: Maverick, picks up with the titular Cruise aviator 36 years after the events of the original film. Due to his “need for speed”, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell defies orders, destroys a prototype plane, and is then returned to TOPGUN thanks to Admiral Tom “Iceman” Kazansky (Val Kilmer). There he must form a posse of graduates – which includes Goose’s son, Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller) – for a dangerous mission in enemy territory.

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Tarantino recently appeared on Cinemablend‘s podcast before his own podcast, The video archive, which sees him and his longtime friend Roger Avary discussing the medium they love. While promoting his show, Tarantino praised Top Gun: Maverick as a “real cinematic spectacle” faithful to its predecessor. Read what he had to say below:

“Normally I don’t talk about new movies much because then I’m only forced to say good things or else I’m slamming someone. And I don’t want to do that. But in that case, I fucking love Top Gun: Maverick. I thought that was fantastic. I saw it at the cinema. … That and Spielberg West Side Story both offered real cinematic spectacle, the kind I almost thought I wasn’t going to see anymore. It was fantastic. But also, there was just this charming, charming aspect because I love Tony Scott movies so much, and I love Tony so much that it’s as close as we’ll ever get to seeing another Tony Scott movie. (Koskinski) did a great job. Tony’s respect and love was in every frame. It was almost in every decision. It was consciously just there, but in this really cool way that was really respectful. And I think that was in every decision that Tom (Cruise) made in the movie. This is the closest we’ve ever gotten to another Tony Scott movie, and it was a fucking great movie.

Tony Scott Top Gun

Next Top Gun: Maverick’s nostalgic tradition of the end credits, Scott’s name appears in his memorial dedication. From acquiring stars Kilmer and Cruise to commandeering an aircraft carrier for a scene, Scott was the heart and soul of the original Superior gun. The director was originally involved in developing a sequel, and after his death in 2012, Cruise was reluctant to move forward without the right vision. That said, Top Gun: Maverick opens similarly to the original film and spends its runtime aware of it. A bit like a Tarantino movie, Top Gun: Maverick is undeniably cool – from its aerial sequences to throwback dialogue – both silly and uncompromising in its ability to appeal to audiences new and old.

Top Gun: Maverick is only the second film since 2019 to top $1 billion at the box office and the highest-grossing film of Cruise’s career, which topped Titanic as the greatest film ever made by Paramount. Following on from last year Spider-Man: No Coming Home, the film attracted an unprecedented number of moviegoers. However, comic book movies are rarely praised for reviving a type of cinematic experience that has been all but forgotten, let alone by someone as respected as Tarantino.

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Source: Cinemablend


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