In this film publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, Tom Cruise is shown in a promotional image for the 1986 film, “Top Gun.” (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)

One day in our little newsroom, my colleagues and I started talking about the movie “Top Gun.” I can’t remember how the conversation began, but the discussion grew more passionate after my co-worker and I confessed that after nearly a quarter century on Earth each, we had never taken the highway to the “Danger Zone.” I had never even seen a Tom Cruise film, a fact that emerged after a scroll through his IMDb page. Let me stress that I was surprised by how controversial this little factoid turned out to be on social media.

I never realized this would be the most controversial FB status I would post this year. #topgun pic.twitter.com/NLcPYWNeo1

— Maribel Molina (@marimolina385) May 4, 2016

Conveniently enough, a few days after our lively discussion,  our fantastic movie critic Joe Gross received a copy of the 30th anniversary “Top Gun” DVD package, dropped it on my colleague Amanda O’Donnell’s desk and set us with the task of watching it together. After a couple weeks of scheduling conflicts (and lots of “You have never seen Top Gun?” remarks), we set aside a night to watch the film along some of her roommates, our fellow web desk staffers and my boyfriend. About half of the group had seen the movie before.

I think it’s important that everyone knows that my knowledge of this film comes almost 100 percent from the “I Love the ’80s” series on VH1 (RIP). This boiled down to:

Tom Cruise is a pilot named Maverick “Danger Zone” was the soundtrack theme Val Kilmer for some reason chomps his teeth at Tom Cruise “Take My Breath Away” was a big hit The characters play volleyball and everyone is sweaty and flexing One of the pilots was named “Goose” (Anthony Edwards)

Here’s how our viewing party went:

Here we go! Watching Top Gun for the first time pic.twitter.com/Yh9laqKq97

— Maribel Molina (@marimolina385) May 5, 2016

“Cougar” was a pilot who had an episode of anxiety, and Maverick and Goose get his spot at Top Gun, which I learned was both a place and a distinction.

TIL: Top Gun is a place

— Maribel Molina (@marimolina385) May 5, 2016

I probably missed something, but how did *no one* in the bar realize Maverick was trying to hit on a woman who was an instructor at Top Gun?

Oh god they're singing You've Lost That Loving Feeling, this is the worst way to pick up a lady

— Maribel Molina (@marimolina385) May 5, 2016

I just didn’t understand why Tom Cruise seemed to be the annoying class clown/guy who always made smart remarks, yet he gets rewarded. No matter: Iceman (Kilmer) will show him what’s up.

ICEMAN JUST CHOMPED AT MAVERICK

— Maribel Molina (@marimolina385) May 5, 2016

The volleyball scene … Volleyball is my absolute favorite sport to play, so I can’t blame anyone for getting sweaty. But there’s a lot of sweat, and it lasts the entirety of the movie. This scene also has a lot of not-so-subtle muscle flexing. And jeans?

We just watched the volleyball scene… Why is Cruise wearing jeans? That's so much lost flexibility.

— Maribel Molina (@marimolina385) May 5, 2016

As for the women of Top Gun, Kelly McGillis’ character, Charlie, is a strong, seemingly independent woman just trying to make it in a man’s world. She is too good for Maverick, and I was so over their love scene because “Take My Breath Away” had played probably 17 times leading up to it. Meg Ryan and her seriously bad hair, on the other hand, loves attention, basically shouting to everyone that Maverick has a thing for his instructor and that Goose needed to take her to bed ASAP.

I love Berlin, but I'm ready for Take My Breath Away to end

— Maribel Molina (@marimolina385) May 5, 2016

Goose's girl has Maverick's arm wrapped around her and she's such a gossip

— Maribel Molina (@marimolina385) May 5, 2016

Spoiler alert: Goose dies after ejecting his seat because of some risky flying, but everyone chalks it up as an accident and goes about their business while Cruise seems to brood over the loss of his buddy.

How is Maverick *still* allowed at Top Gun???

— Maribel Molina (@marimolina385) May 5, 2016

Everyone finishes Top Gun training, with Iceman taking home the trophy. From there, the pilots are put on an airship and go into battle. Maverick obviously saves the day and despite him and Iceman almost never getting along while at Top Gun, they smile and hug each other and it’s kind of beautiful in an almost-romantic-but-not-really way.

I want someone to goofy smile and hug me like Iceman and Maverick do after battle

— Maribel Molina (@marimolina385) May 5, 2016

I learned there are a lot of emotional attachments to “Top Gun” from my colleagues who watched the movie when it was first released. One even said the film made him want to join the Navy.

@marimolina385 In my defense, I was 12 when I first saw it. Back in the old days when we thought Cruise was cute instead of nutty.

— Emily (@emquig) May 5, 2016

Top Gun a classic. 9 ducks. https://t.co/MZ7jbH502l

— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) May 5, 2016

@MichaelAdamsAAS, @jasondjarrett, @aasdanny @marimolina385 Love Top Gun. Gotta see again. https://t.co/a7UBvBg4A0
https://t.co/nm6BwPQs4n

— Thomas Jones (@ThomasJonesAAS) May 5, 2016

All in all, I liked “Top Gun.” It’s extremely campy, with some odd dialogue, bad singing and lots of muscles, sweat and plane-flying.

Official review: Too 80s for my taste, but a generally good movie to laugh with. 8 ducks as Kirk Bohls would say.

— Maribel Molina (@marimolina385) May 5, 2016

That being said, I think I can go on without hearing “Danger Zone” and “Take My Breath Away” ever again.

 

 

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