Top Gun: Maverick is hands down the best movie I’ve seen in years. I’m easy enough to please when it comes to casual viewership, but a really incredible movie is hard to come by these days, especially as entertainment has been hijacked by wokeism. But this movie was incredible. Here are my top five reasons why.
It seems like every new movie or series these days is expected to fill a quota of overtly LGBTQWXYZ%#*= characters, despite the fact that it is usually not at all consistent with the real life statistical representation of those specific demographics. This is part of a targeted effort to encourage and normalize those particular lifestyles and agendas by making them appear more prevalent than they really are. But in Top Gun: Maverick, a person’s gender identity and sexuality were simply not part of the story, aside from Maverick himself, who you already know is straight. As for the other major characters, we may never know whether they are gay or straight because their sexual preferences were not being crammed down viewers throats, either heterosexual or homosexual. And that’s exactly how it should be in a movie that has nothing to do with sexuality.
In a time when American flags are being called “triggering,” service members are either forgotten or deemed global villains, a activists are attacking the very values and principles upon which this great nation was founded, it was amazing to watch a movie that showcased and praised characters who were bravely willing to lay down their lives for this country, which remains the greatest country in the world. As a military wife, patriotism and love of country is a huge part of my life, and I loved to see that admired rather than denigrated. And I may have shed a tear or two as I held the hand of my military pilot husband during a particularly stressful scene.
This movie was full of handsome, ripped, confident (and cocky) men, and beautiful, strong, self-assured, desirable women. In a time when obesity is being praised, personal physical fitness is being deemed racist, and outdoor recreational activities are bizarrely lumped in with white supremacy, it was nice to see a bunch of super fit and attractive people playing football in swimming suits on the beach without being forced to have the left’s “body positivity” agenda. It’s just more fun to watch a movie full of attractive people.
No graphic sex.
Despite the best efforts of the left these days, not everything revolves around vulgarity and sex acts. I hate when they inject a completely unnecessary sex scene or overt vulgarity into a movie just because they know that the human brain is biologically programmed to respond to that kind of content. Many times, a graphic sex scene is unnecessary to the storyline and doesn’t add any real value to the movie, and a short scene implying that sex occurred would be entirely sufficient if a relationships is relevant to the story. In Top Gun: Maverick, they rightly recognized that a detailed and graphic sex scene was entirely unnecessary, thus they included only a short and entirely appropriate scene implying that sex likely occurred. No partial nudity, no ridiculous placement of bedsheets, no careful shots of body movement accompanied by a sex soundtrack. It was unnecessary, so they didn’t include it. Bravo.
No virtue signaling.
They didn’t try to virtue signal leftist agenda narratives. Maverick cruised on a loud motorcycle, not some silent electric car to make green energy look cool. The candidates for the program were selected based on their merit, not based on identity politics or an inclusivity index. There was no obviously inflated inclusion of certain gender or racial demographics, which would have been inconsistent with reality and clearly designed to check a casting diversity box. There was no overt display of woke ideology symbols intended to remind you of certain woke narratives. In a time when compliance and strict rule-following is expected in American society, even in the face of logic and science, Maverick broke the rules that were obviously just a power grab, and he did it for the right reasons. They didn’t try to apologize or make up for things about the original Top Gun that would now be considered “politically incorrect.” In fact, they made this movie based on all the principles that made the original a classic.
Interestingly, while this is my list of reasons I loved the movie, this is almost exactly the same as the list of reason why the woke left hated it. In fact, Vanity Fair disparagingly deemed it “the right’s latest culture-war crusade.” And I guess that’s kind of true. In a world saturated with woke virtue signaling where society is expected to follow a set of strict cultural rules consistent with radical woke agendas, Top Gun: Maverick was a breath of fresh, anti-woke air. We’ll go see this movie in theaters again because it was so incredible. And when we do, we’ll walk straight past Pixar’s new Buzz Lightyear movie, which decided to fully embrace wokeism and virtue signaling, and which is has been described as a “huge flop.“