I kind of agree with Old Onkyo. I saw the original Top Gun years ago when it was still in theaters. A large movie theater screen was needed to show all those carrier deck scenes. Other than that, it was a recruiting film for the US Navy. It probably worked at that level, but most guys who ran out and enlisted were almost certainly highly disappointed with their careers as grease-covered deck apes, the jet plane handlers on very dangerous flight decks. I can only imagine why the Navy would want another one of these recruiting movies … ever since the Covid-19 outbreaks on Navy ships some two years ago, I bet enlistment numbers have dropped.
That original movie showed a lot of Hollywood actors posing as naval aviators. If any of them were in the Navy with those hairdos, they would have been ordered – immediately – to get a f*ck*ng hair cut. Tom Cruise's Maverick character would have had his wings clipped early on.
I spent 4 years in the Navy back near the end of the Vietnam War. It was nothing at all like any Hollywood movie I've ever seen about the Navy or the military in general. There is one possible exception, The Last Detail
with Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, and a very young Randy Quaid. Some aspects of that movie came close to portraying the drab and ugly reality of life in the military.
I think I'll pass on seeing Top Gun Maverick. It may look exciting and glamorous, but it's really all BS.