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‘It was a spectacle’: Quentin Tarantino Claims Top Gun: Maverick Was a Cinematic Experience That He Never Expected To See Again

Top Gun: Maverick was this year’s biggest movie release, not counting the superhero franchise projects. And of course, it has reached extraordinary minds like that of Quentin Tarantino, who has had nothing but good things to say about the film, its director, the cinematography, and Tom Cruise himself. In a recent sit-down with the ReelBlend podcast, Tarantino dishes about the movie that has had him excited in a long time.

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Top Gun: Maverick breaks box office records and catches the attention of directors like Tarantino

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Quentin Tarantino Calls Top Gun: Maverick A Spectacle

Quentin Tarantino had been a long-time admirer of the Hollywood director, Tony Scott. The pair had a chance to work together when the latter directed True Romance in 1993, the script of which was written by the former. However, a decade before Maverick was to become a reality, Scott passed away in 2012 bringing an era of cinematic genius to a tragic close.

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Tony Scott, director of Top Gun (1986)

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With the visionary sequel now brought to fruition, Tarantino has not been able to contain his excitement about its unprecedented brilliance. He claimed,

“I f*cking love Top Gun: Maverick. I thought it was fantastic. I saw it at the theaters. That and [Steven] Spielberg’s West Side Story both provided a true cinematic spectacle, the kind that I’d almost thought that I wasn’t going to see anymore. It was fantastic.”

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Top Gun: Maverick: A Re-Creation of Tony Scott’s Vision

Tarantino was vehemently appreciative of the Joseph Kosinski directorial debut film, Top Gun: Maverick saying it was as close as one could get to a true Tony Scott film again. As for Kosinski, it was a touch-and-go scenario when the director approached his protagonist for the sequel role. Upon the film’s completion, Kosinski shared a heart-warming story in which he relayed how he was initially refused by Tom Cruise for a Top Gun sequel taking place 30 years down the line.

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Top Gun: Maverick recreates the original beach volleyball scene with football

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However, a 30-minute pitch from the director gave Cruise the impetus to go for his Palme d’Or winning role. Kosinski’s vision for the film was incredibly venerating of Tony Scott. And that was apparent in his cinematography which he played right down to the roots to match a Scott-directed film while keeping true to the narrative that the original Top Gun had submerged the audience in.

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About the director of Top Gun: Maverick, Quentin Tarantino had equally as much to say as the classic sequel itself.

“[Director Joseph Kosinski] did a great job. The respect and the love for Tony were in every frame. It was almost in every decision. It was consciously right there, but in this really cool way that was really respectful. And I think it was in every decision Tom [Cruise] made in the film.”

Top Gun: Maverick is now playing in theatres.

Source: ReelBlend Podcast

Written by Diya Majumdar