The Film ‘Top Gun’ Wanted to Be

On May 12, 1986, Paramount Pictures produced a film about an elite school for the top 1 percent of United States Navy pilots. Its purpose was to make a good film about the lost art of aerial combat and to ensure that Paramount Pictures made a ton of money.

They succeeded. (On the latter point.)

Today, Paramount is trying again to create a film that succeeds on both of those fronts. The studio calls it:

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