A scene from the digitally remastered Top Gun: Special Edition, with updated special effects by Industrial Light and Magic that reflect Tony Scott’s original vision.
I, too, have been inspired by George Lucas, needlessly updating and repackaging one of my CLASSIC POSTS in an effort to cash in. This was actually my very first post, not counting a brief introductory piece, and advances in CGI dildo rockets demanded it be revisited.
In light of the sweaty man-epic that is 300, a movie who’s amazing violence is eclipsed only by its homoeroticism, I have decided to revisit another milestone of the “so macho it’s gay” cinema. I am, of course, referring to Tony Scott’s Top Gun.
Now the homoerotic subtext of Top Gun has been well documented, most notably in a monologue written by director Roger Avary, which was co-opted by Quentin Tarantino for the film Sleep With Me. A quick search online produced THIS (link no longer valid, try THIS) more serious expansion on the theory, which includes a handy list o’ quotes. My personal favorite is, “I want somebody’s butt, I want it now, I’ve had it! God dammit! I want some BUTTS!!!”
Naysayers are in denial. In fact, the film crosses the line from subtext into full-on punch-you-in-the-face-text. The amount of man-love on display in this film is legion, and was enough to put Kelly Mcgillis off men permanently. (Ironically, it has the opposite effect on dudes.) And if that isn’t enough to convince you Top Gun is dancing half-naked on a float during Pride covered in rainbow peacock feathers…