Quentin Tarantino Offers Rare Review of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Quentin Tarantino says he doesn't usually like to comment on current movies, but he makes an exception for Top Gun: Maverick.
The director was asked about the film while appearing on the ReelBlend podcast with his Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Avary this week.
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Tarantino began with the caveat that he doesn't like talking about new movies, "because then I'm just forced to say good things or I'll 'slam' someone, which I don't want to do." Then he plowed on, "But in this one In fact, I fucking love Top Gun: Maverick. I thought it was fantastic. I saw it in the theatre. ... That and [Steven] Spielberg's West Side Story both offered true cinema spectacle, the kind I almost thought I wouldn't see again. It was fantastic.
"But there was also this lovely, lovely aspect, because I love Tony Scott's [original Top Gun director] cinema so much, and I love Tony so much that we're so close that we're ever going to do another one Tony Scott movie," he continued. “[Director Joseph Kosinski] did a great job. Tony's respect and love was in every frame. It was in almost every decision. It was deliberately right there, but in this really cool way, that was really respectful. And I think it was in every decision that Tom [Cruise] made for the film. It's the closest thing we've got to another Tony Scott film, and it was bloody great.”
Tarantino added that prior to the film's release, he asked Cruise how he would make the film without Scott. The director said Cruise replied, "I know; that's why I've said no all these years - for that very reason. We found a way.”
Scott directed True Romance, a 1993 film written by Tarantino and arguably the most underrated title of his oeuvre. Tarantino also fine-tuned the screenplay for Scott's 1995 hit Crimson Tide.
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Tarantino opined that the film's touching scene, in which Cruise and Val Kilmer get back together, "was almost too cheap, but it absolutely works. It's a bit like Charlie Chaplin dying onstage for the final scene of Limelight...but it fucking works. You wait for it and the damn scene delivers.”
As to whether Maverick will provide a long-term boost to theatrical cinema, Tarantino said "we'll see" and predicted it would take a couple of years to determine.
Maverick is the highest-grossing film of Cruise's career, grossing nearly $1.3 billion.
Previously, Tarantino delivered a viral monologue in the 1994 film Sleep With Me, in which he theorized that Top Gun was actually "a story about a man's struggle with his own homosexuality."
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Quentin Tarantino
American film director, screenwriter, producer and actor
Roger Avary
Canadian producer, screenwriter and director
Tony Scott
British filmmaker (1944–2012)

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