Cinematic Doctrine

Top Gun: Maverick - Everyone Loves it, Including Your Dad!

June 07, 2022 Melvin & Dan Season 1 Episode 111
Cinematic Doctrine
Top Gun: Maverick - Everyone Loves it, Including Your Dad!
Show Notes


Tom Cruise rehabilitates that Oprah interview we all remember by flying really fast. Tune in to hear more!


  • (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 39-minutes talking about Morbius being re-released to zero fanfare, and an article from Vice about Marvel movies being content rather than art. (PATREON EXCLUSIVE)
  • Top Gun: Maverick received extremely good buzz prior to release, which captured Melvin's attention.
  • Melvin hadn't seen Top Gun before, so he shares what it was like watching Top Gun for the first time less than 48-hours before seeing Top Gun: Maverick.
  • Both Top Gun: Maverick and Michael Bay's Ambulance are being celebrated this year for being excellently crafted films despite being extremely simple. Daniel ponders why that may be.
  • Melvin, "This is the best legacy movie I've seen."
  • Top Gun: Maverick has intense melancholic undertones.
  • Top Gun: Maverick is also Melvin's third 10/10 movie he's seen this year (out of 32 total movies). 2022 has been great for movies!
  • Top Gun: Maverick feels incredibly real with it's insane focus on practical effects, real flights, and well written characters.
  • Val Kilmer's inclusion in Top Gun: Maverick is greatly appreciated and adds a much-celebrated heart to the film.
  • The contrast between a legacy depiction of Tom Cruise' Maverick in Top Gun: Maverick is worlds more enjoyable than Harrison Ford's Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens because it's more representative of a developed, matured character rather than merely being the same.
  • Melvin connected with Top Gun: Maverick's depiction of cross-generational codependence, and the partnerships to complete tasks between those who are older and those who are younger.
  • Talking about Tom Cruise's career rehabilitation.
  • Daniel talks about the worst tweet he's ever read.


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