Note: Originally written in July 2015
Blessed be his soul, Tony Scott had a rare quality of bringing an innate beauty and flamboyance to action flicks. As opposed to the plethora of action flicks we've come to see over the years, the narrative and the camera work in his films are not focussed on creating thrills for the viewer or strictly piloting the story forward. They're quite indulgent on portraying the proceedings; the frames have a poetic sense to them, the characters are overboard, dramatic and charming and the music is intense. The story or the screenplay doesn't really have much to be said about it, save for the fact that this movie stands out to be one of the quintessential fighter plane dog fight movies of all time. But its that indulgence that Tony Scott brings to the narrative, and how Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis abide by it, that makes you want to revisit this flick time and again.
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