As a woman of a certain age, I feel comfortable announcing that my compadres and I are all flipping out over the new Top Gun: Maverick preview that just dropped.
For those of you who aren't swooning at the thought, the original Top Gun was the source of many, many Navy-themed pilot daydreams all over the world in 1986. It basically did for bomber jackets and beach volleyball what Sir Mix-a-lot did for big butts. Wait, that might not make sense to you either. Suffice to say, it probably gave Navy recruiting a huge advantage that year.
The new movie will focus on Tom Cruise in his role as Maverick, the dashing fighter pilot who just can't play by the rules. Romantic plot aside, it looks like it will have all of the exciting aerial drama and incredible jet sequences. My biggest question is, will Val Kilmer and some of the other pilots make an appearance?
Check out the trailer here, courtesy of Paramount Pictures:
There are enough nods to the original to make this tiny slice of action enough to tide us over. Smirking fighter pilots doing fly-bys? Check. Tom Cruise on a motorcycle? Check. Shirtless sports in the sand? CHECK! It looks like Tom's love interest may be the gorgeous Jennifer Connelly, and I can say it's nice to see the role go to someone the right age. It was also great to see a female fighter pilot in the mix, considering the macho clichés that are bound to dominate the plot.
For those of you who don't see the appeal, let us old ladies have our fun. Summer 2020 can't come soon enough, in my opinion. It's time to re-watch the original for the millionth time and put together my crew for opening night. I feel the need... the need... you know the rest.
Are you super-excited to see Top Gun: Maverick or do you think this is a bunch of hype for nothing? Let us know in the comments!