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'Top Gun' stays aloft with $86 mil in its 2nd weekend

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This is what happens when you focus on what the fans want, not what message you want to push onto fans. Take note Disney.

9 ( +15 / -6 )

Great feel good movie. More of this from Hollywood, please

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Having movies like the new "Top Gun" is fine, but many fans also want to see a diverse range of characters, or else you are pushing the message that only straight white men matter.

Nobody wants to see the new Blue Fairy in Pinocchio. That's what we're talking about, all the fake wokewashing from Hollywood.

7 ( +12 / -5 )

These days, it is sometimes hard to justify going to the Movie theater as we have our own big-screen TVs and sound systems. But I thoroughly enjoyed watching this at the theater. For those who intend to see it, I'd suggest watching the original 1986 movie first.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Top Gun Maverick was my first cinema experience since COVID.

Really enjoyed the big screen and the sound.

Looking forward to Jurassic Park at the same cinema.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

I don't think TokyoJoe is pushing any message at all. He's spot on. I made sure I re-watched the original 2 weeks before this was released just to fully reacquaint myself with the back story. I had a blast watching the new one . Pure unaltered fun . It was the right length, it WASN''T woke for the sake of it, there was no CGI etc etc - hence the reviews it received even from the high brow press.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Give ‘‘em what they want, not what they need. It’s one of the rules of business.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Having movies like the new "Top Gun" is fine, but many fans also want to see a diverse range of characters, or else you are pushing the message that only straight white men matter.

Go watch a Korean movie, go watch a Japanese movie, go watch a Hong Kong movie, plenty of amazing non white movies. Fans do not want every Hollywood movie to look like a United Colors of Benetton ad with clumsy shoehorning of token characters to tick boxes and emasculation of male characters to promote unrealistic 'badass' angry feminist characters. Hence why Hollywood is dying on it's backside.

2 ( +8 / -6 )

Readers, it is just a movie. No need to bicker.

Only a idiot would turn a movie review into cancel culture.

2 ( +8 / -6 )

Not surprised it's doing well. It's a sequel to an old, popular film with the same actor who's aged so little it's almost concerning. And there were no bad sequels in the meantime that would put off its fanbase. Almost guaranteed win.

But of course there will be some guys on the internet saying that it's successful because people don't want "wokeism" anymore (perhaps a hint at Star Wars and other franchises?). This is the same way of thinking that made people oppose their white kids' schools being attended by black kids in the US a few decades ago.

Just enjoy your sequel to a 80s US-military movie with a mediocre plot about ripped men bonding and let the rest of the world move along with the 2020s.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Loved this movie as I commented. But sad to read comments about "woke" culture. Can anything be commented on and enjoyed without bringing politics or intolerances into it? Geez, people.

We're almost there. Top Gun is a step in the right direction.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

We're almost there. Top Gun is a step in the right direction.

Based on your comments, we're not.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Just enjoy your sequel to a 80s US-military movie with a mediocre plot about ripped men bonding and let the rest of the world move along with the 2020s.

Some people just want to live in their unrealistic fantasy world, like those armvhair generals peeved about Afghanistan.

stormcrowJune 7  10:25 am JST

Give ‘‘em what they want, not what they need. It’s one of the rules of business.

Yes. What we need is original refreshing movies that don't rehash the same stuff and/or insult your intelligence. The original film wasn't realistic either but it didn't bother me one iota. Now America thinks it's gospel and they love war on TV as entertainment 9even though 'Top Gun' does not glorify war as some others said).

With this long lockdown and all this time, is it too much to ask for some fresh new brilliant ideas? Am I asking for too much here?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Thoroughly enjoyed it at one of f Toho’s latest screens here in Tokyo. Admittedly there was more humor in the 1986 Top Gun than this sequel.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Loved this movie as I commented. But sad to read comments about "woke" culture. Can anything be commented on and enjoyed without bringing politics or intolerances into it? Geez, people.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Awesome movie. Tom Cruise rules.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Didn't even see the original. The only part I saw was what was shown in Berlin's music video.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

YotomayaToday  01:13 pm JST

But of course there will be some guys on the internet saying that it's successful because people don't want "wokeism" anymore (perhaps a hint at Star Wars and other franchises?). This is the same way of thinking that made people oppose their white kids' schools being attended by black kids in the US a few decades ago.

Your take on 'woke' is laughably wrong. It isn't a criticism of gender, race, diversity, etc. It's about changing or forcing elements of a story to match today's sociopolitical landscape by it dominating the narrative to send said sociopolitical message rather than focusing on incorporating it creatively into a well written story and characters.

Top Gun Maverick stayed faithful to its root elements without trying to send 'the message' which is why it's so popular. Simple effective story with well developed characters and lot's of real aerial footage not loads of fake looking CGI. It's the antithesis of movies from the MSheU, Disney's SW, Kurtzman's ST, Rings of Power, etc.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

This is what happens when you focus on what the fans want, not what message you want to push onto fans. Take note Disney.

Not sure what you're implying here.

Having movies like the new "Top Gun" is fine, but many fans also want to see a diverse range of characters, or else you are pushing the message that only straight white men matter.

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

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