Rick McGinnis: DVD Reviews – Action Flicks 2011

I’ll never watch Top Gun Again!

“Finally, it’s worth mentioning that none of the special features included with the disc touch on the most salient, significant fact about the film – the blatant homoerotic subtext described by Quentin Tarantino in his onscreen rant in the film Sleep With Me. The only explanation provided in the bonus material is Scott’s admission that Bruce Weber’s Calvin Klein ads were a huge inspiration, which does nothing to explain some of the dialogue (“I want asses!”) or the tepid and glaring lack of chemistry between Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis, especially compared to the sparks that fly between Cruise and Val Kilmer when they share a frame. Top Gun may be a camp landmark in queer cinema, but that’s only to be expected from a decade that has to be remembered as the gayest ever.”

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