J is for Top Gun

Today's letter of the day is J, so I thought and I thought… What words started with J? Very few. I read other blogs about "jumping in and trying something new" and I considered talking about Justin … or juice. My cousin posted the song "Jet Airliner" by the Steve Miller band to his facebook page, and I just knew it was a sign. I contemplated talking even more about flying to Europe, a subject I think I've worn out by now. The point is after an hour of clicking on song after song on youtube, I was left considering exactly two things: rock music and planes.

Back in May of 1986, Top Gun, a film starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt opened in the box office becoming one of the top grossing films of the year earning an estimated $8,193, 052 in its first weekend. Along with doing so well, it won a number of awards including an Academy Award for best music and original song, a Golden Globe for best original song,  and People's Choice Award for favorite motion picture. It had a huge effect on military recruiting, and the number of men wanting to be naval aviators went up by approximately 500%. Over twenty seven years later, the appeal for the film hasn't died down. The movie was re-released in Imax 3d in 2013, and there are talks about creating a second film.

While I'm not exactly advertising for the film, I did get the chance to watch a behind the scenes documentary recently which taught me a lot about the creation of the movie and provided insight into the world of film before everything became digitized. It sounds crazy, but hearing about how toy planes were used in the movie to create sequences designed to look like real planes in real life was really inspiring. Plus, the desire of the producers to pick just the right music and the right cast. Could anyone play Maverick as well as Tom Cruise?

My husband and I are moving over the weekend, so I won't have the time to post a 'k' word, but I hope you all have a wonderful weekend anyway. Be sure to let me know what you think of the movie Top Gun. Do you think they should even be considering producing a second film? Have you seen the first? Share below in the comments! :)

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