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Some mornings, it may feel like you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the multiverse. Take Wednesday, for example. That morning, a few hours after its release, the word came out Top Gun: Maverick– a sequel that comes more than 35 years after his predecessor – he had received a standing ovation for five minutes at the Cannes Film Festival. Five minutes! In Cannes! Look, I’m sure the movie is crazy, but seeing the crowd at one, let’s say prestigious Surprisingly, the French film festival salutes a series of films that are still a bit of a coil for American imperialism. In addition, the festival gave Tom Cruise, a boy who loves to take pictures, a Palme d’Or. What is happening?
None of this means I don’t like it Top Gun, or Tom Cruise. In addition, I doubt that anyone in Cannes cares about the perception of the public at the time of choosing who celebrates the festival. But waking up in a world where the sequel to my favorite movie when I was 10 is getting enthusiastic applause at a festival that usually honors shit like Tree of life i Pulp Fiction it’s a little amazing. Top Gun! Quentin Tarantino made a name for himself by calling the original film an allegory of homosexuality. (Trust me, it’s a compliment.) This is a cinematic timeline that I’m good at living with.
That’s why, perhaps, it’s so amazing too. Although its flaws are obvious to me now, Top Gun it’s a wickedly entertaining and rather heartbreaking film. Nothing could inspire more people to be U.S. Navy pilots. Surely this is what the filmmakers and the US government wanted. Tony Scott (resting) directed it. But something so deeply rooted in pop culture is hard to follow. Anticipating your sequel can be agonizing, wanting something that can never live up to expectations. Fans to want like things, but fear their failure, especially for something like that Maverickwhich was archived for years because of the Covid-19, can lead us all to look at them with one eye open.
Speaking of things it would be better to look with your eyes Closedthe first trailer for Marvel’s new Disney + program Ella-Hulk downloaded this week. The difference Mavericka sequel that had a lot to live up to, Ella-Hulk it had so much potential that it seems unfulfilled. Apparently, a bit based on the comics of the same name, the new series is about Jennifer Walters, a lawyer of about 30 years who is also, of course, a green hulk. (Full title is, I’m not kidding, She-Hulk: Lawyer.) It has all the right serums: Mark Ruffalo as Smart Hulk, a mix of action and comedy, i Tatiana Maslany (Black orphan) in the title role. That should be good! But judging by the trailer, it looks like someone took the script for one Ally McBeal restart, change some proper names and add science. There’s a long scene about She-Hulk’s frustrated attempts to get out. (Tinder is hard when you’re green, honey?) Trailers can’t pile it all up, but the man looks creepy.