Top Gun: Maverick comes 36 years after the first film, Top Gun, was released in theaters in 1986. The two films starring Tom Cruise also have differences and similarities.
What is clear is that Top Gun and Top Gun: Maverick were made by different directors and screenwriters. Top Gun was directed by Tony Scott, who at that time was a new name in the film industry. While the screenplay was written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr. which is also a new name in the feature film industry.
The film Top Gun: Maverick is directed by Joseph Kosinski who is an expert in CGI visual effects. While screenwriters are Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, and Grammy winner for best screenwriter, Christopher McQuarrie (Usual Suspect).
Top Gun: Maverick still focuses on the story of test plane pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise). This time, he becomes an instructor at the Top Gun school whose mission is to train the best pilots from the Navy to carry out an almost impossible mission.
The mission is to destroy an underground uranium facility belonging to an unnamed enemy. What made it especially difficult was that the facility was located inside a mountain gorge equipped with state-of-the-art security systems.
This meant that the plane had to fly well below normal limits, and the mission had to be completed in less than three minutes. There are several similarities and differences in the story to the scene between Top Gun and Top Gun: Maverick.
These things make viewers who have watched the first film will find new things that are more interesting, but also can still reminisce with the old film. Here are the similarities and differences between Top Gun and Top Gun: Maverick. Equation
1. The Opening Scene of the Movie
The audience will immediately reminisce with Top Gun when watching the opening scene or the opening scene of Top Gun: Maverick. The first is a busy scene of field officers who set the runway on the aircraft carrier. This scene is also accompanied by the same song as the first film, namely the theme song Top Gun (Top Gun Anthem) composed by Harold Faltermeyer. Also followed by the song Danger Zone sung by Kenny Loggins. Another opening scene that is the same is the introductory sentence or introduction about the Top Gun school. The sentence is made exactly the same as the first film. One difference is the addition of the word “women” to describe the gender of Top Gun’s best pilots. In the first film version, there is only the word “men” in the sentence.
2. Maverick’s Motorcycle and Jacket
Maverick is apparently still loyal to the Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle, as well as his distinctive pilot jacket. In the first film, he rode a Kawasaki GPZ 900R Ninja. This is the first Kawasaki motorcycle to bear the Ninja name. In Top Gun: Maverick, Maverick returns to ride a Kawasaki Ninja, this time the H2 Carbon version. Citing Autoweek, this USD 34 thousand (Rp 497 million) hyperbike can compete with the speed of the jet carried by Maverick. While riding the motorbike, Maverick also still wore the same leather jacket as in the 1980s, namely the G-1 Jacket. Even so, in the scene it is described that the jacket is only worn as part of nostalgia.
- The First Meeting of the Hilarious Teacher and Student
In the first film, Maverick seduces a woman named Charlie (Kelly McGillis). The next day, in front of the class, he just found out that Charlie was the instructor. The same thing happens in the second film, when the young pilots herd Maverick out of the bar. The next day, they looked embarrassed when they realized that the man they were leading was their teacher in class. Also Read: These are the reactions of people who have watched Top Gun: Maverick 4. Rivalry between students
- Inter-student Rivalry
In the first film, there is a heated rivalry between Iceman (Val Kilmer) and Maverick. They often clash, both inside and outside the classroom. The same thing also happens in the second film, namely between Rooster (Miles Teller) who looks like Maverick and Hangman (Glen Powell) who looks like Iceman. Rooster is the son of Goose, Maverick’s best friend and pilot in the first film to die in the line of duty.
- Play Volleyball on the Beach
Another quite iconic scene that re-emerged is the students playing volleyball on the beach in the afternoon. What makes it a little different is that this time the volleyball scene is longer, more contextual with the storyline, and Maverick also plays volleyball with his students.