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Old school classic romance (Spoilers)
on 6 August 2016
This is one classy film. It combines the old school romance feel of earlier Hollywood films with complex characters and a tough gritty environment.
The film has great pacing, I thought the actors were all very well cast in their roles and that there's a lots of story and character development. The plot is centered around Richard Gere's character a talented but undisciplined man from a broken family. He enlists in naval aviation, not because he loves his country but rather for the status and glamour of being allowed to fly jets. He and the other candidates are put through grueling physical hardship during the training exercise. The other aspect of the plot is the romantic connection that develops between Gere's character and Paula Pokrifki (Debra Winger).
I bought the Blu Ray version and the film has a great picture and a well thought through colour design. There's lots of greys, browns and greens during the early training. When on leave though and visiting various bars the colours are warmer and brighter, more white, red and pinks. Paula usually wears rich colours, especially red when with Gere's character where as she wears more drab colours when at work in a gritty noisy factory. The Blu ray comes with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. (Full screen)
Winger I'd say here is presented as an exceptionally pretty and attractive actress who they try and make look a bit ordinary, from an average home doing a ordinary job. In reality she's good looking enough to be a model, it's kind of hard to believe she's single.
Top Gun really rips this film off. You have the arrogant recruit, the hot love interest, the ups and downs of training, the death of the friend,
The film is definately a product of the 1980s the themes include single parents and broken homes, women in work and increasingly complicated relationships between the sexes.
The film picked up 2 oscars, one for the music (electric guitar included ) and another for the performance of Louis Gossett Jr. as the drill instructor who must lick the cadets into shape.