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The 10 Funniest Letterboxd Reviews Of Top Gun: Maverick

With the release of Top Gun: Maverick, modern audiences could finally experience part of the craze that made the original Top Gun so iconic during its release in the 1980s. Part of what made the original film so successful was how entertaining it was, which includes its use of humor, and Maverick has also continued that trend. Letterboxd users have reviewed the film extensively, and some of the takes are humorous as well.

Whether it’s the dad movie qualities, the perfection of the release date, or the comparisons to the perfect pizza, Letterboxd users have given their hilarious takes on the Top Gun sequel.

The original 1986 Top Gun film was iconic and widely popular in its own right, but Top Gun: Maverick‘s acclaim has been even better for the most part. Letterboxd user cosmonautmarkie says that Maverick is like the original film “but if it was good”.

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The 2022 film honors the 1986 film’s legacy and tells a great character-driven story while providing some technically dazzling action sequences with in-camera stunt work. It’s not often that a sequel significantly surpasses the original, but many viewers have clearly found an exception to the rule.

Like there are certain types of films that moms around the world will inevitably gravitate toward, there are those that attract the dad population disproportionately as well, including films like Top Gun: Maverick. Letterboxd user sapphicquin states that the film is an “exquisite piece of dad movie filmmaking”.

Not only is the film geared towards older male audiences with its training and action setpieces, but the thematic and emotional content of the film probably hit that mark as well. The film’s themes such as the struggle between the old and the new, one’s legacy, and getting older were evidently surefire bets to envelop dads in the action film.

Tom Cruise is seen by many as one of the last true movie stars of the previous generation, and some audiences see the actor as even more than that. Letterboxd user colonelmortimer emphasizes that the only reason Top Gun: Maverick isn’t one of the best films ever made by mortals is because “Tom Cruise is not one”.

Doing all of his own stunts, including piloting helicopters, planes, and driving motorcycles while also giving one of the best performances in Top Gun: Maverick puts Cruise in an echelon of actors that is high above most in the industry. It’s only natural for audiences to see him put his life on the line for the sake of moviemaking and resort to calling him more than human.

Studios like releasing holiday-related films around their respective dates, but managing to pull the same thing off with 2 different dates is a rare feat. Letterboxd user rfeldman9 calls the release of the film at around the same time as Memorial Day and Father’s Day “the biggest cinematic event for dads in America” since the original film’s release.

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While the Father’s Day relation is only due to the audience demographics, it still makes for a perfect release window since it happens to be so close to Memorial Day as well. It’s no surprise then that the film has been very financially successful up till now as well.

While it’s not a legacy sequel in the vein of Top Gun: Maverick, there has been another recent film that has some similarities with the Cruise-led blockbuster. Letterboxd user annanomaly made a comparison to the most recent James Bond film by saying “No time to fly”.

Although the 25th entry in the famous spy film franchise is vastly different in some ways, the thematic overlaps between the movies are hard to ignore. Getting older, dealing with one’s legacy, and helping the next generation are ideas that are readily present in both Maverick and No Time To Die and both are better off because of it.

Although lists of the greatest films of all time usually include those that are considered high-art, sometimes being entertaining can be enough to enter that upper tier of moviemaking. Letterboxd user bdgrabinski calls Top Gun: Maverick “a perfectly calibrated piece of entertainment” and compares it to “pizza made by gods”.

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Comparing the film to high-end dining might be inaccurate in some respects, but a fine-tuned pizza may be the best way to describe Maverick using the food analogy. While the film is an action blockbuster made to be easily enjoyed by everyone, that doesn’t make the execution of the individual components of the film any less incredible or worthwhile.

Some parts of society unfairly look down upon men who visibly show emotion, but it’s safe to say that director Joseph Kosinski has a tailor-made solution for that. Letterboxd user iamthatroby states that Top Gun: Maverick screenings “are a safe space for dudes to cry”.

While the film has been somewhat marketed to male audiences and has been popular among them, it doesn’t mean that the story is any less emotionally potent. Seeing likable characters such as Maverick and Rooster reconcile is powerful enough to make anyone emotional, regardless of who you are.

Some of the characters in Top Gun: Maverick have callsigns like “Maverick” and “Iceman” that represent a part of who they are, but one viewer has taken that idea and adapted it to the film itself. Letterboxd user joebowen says that the film’s “callsign should be Mailman because it delivers”.

It’s an unfortunate and familiar occurrence when a highly anticipated film is released only to be less than enthusiastically received by moviegoers, but Maverick has fared incredibly in comparison. It’s consistently entertaining and one of Tom Cruise’s best action movies, which would imply that it more than lives up to its callsign.

Citizen Kane is considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made, but according to this user, it may have some competition. Letterboxd user franco makes a comparison between the two films by saying that “Citizen Kane walked so Top Gun: Maverick can fly”.

While the flying pun and analogy is a humorous way to compare the films, it’s not entirely an over-exaggeration. Filmmaking technology has changed significantly since Citizen Kane‘s release in 1941, and so have the boundaries and limits of what can be achieved in the medium. Audiences in the 1940s would have likely found the footage of Tom Cruise speeding through the air unfathomable, which isn’t far from the truth for current fans of Maverick either.

Sometimes a film comes around that is liked so much to the point of obsession, but some audiences may go even beyond that at times. Letterboxd user leviyoung572 mentions that liking Top Gun: Maverick “isn’t enough”, and that they need to enroll themselves into flight school as well.

Seeing characters on screen be the best of the best when it comes to their jobs is always inspiring and makes for incredible stories. However, watching pilots execute mind-bending turns and maneuvers clearly elicits a slightly different response for some.

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