MEGHAN MCCAIN: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is another wake-up call for WOKE Hollywood

My husband and I were just two of dozens of Americans who rushed to movie theaters this past Memorial Day weekend to see ‘Top Gun: Maverick.’

The sequel to the epic 1986 original, starring tom cruiseit broke box office records, earning an estimated $156 million domestically during its four-day opening weekend.

It was also Cruise’s first over $100 million start over the course of his entire career.

Ben and I got a babysitter, prepaid tickets, and bought the collectible metal popcorn bucket.

It was the first time since before the Covid hit that I felt like going out to a movie, and I’m sure thousands of Americans felt the same way.

The question is why? Why did so many people come out to see this movie and not any other Hollywood offering?

The first part of the answer is obvious: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is the sequel to a universally beloved movie that garnered rave reviews and is considered by many to be as good, if not better, than the original.

The second part of the answer is more complicated.

Perhaps the more accurate question is why has it taken modern Hollywood so long to figure out how to make a successful movie?

Top Gun is a straightforward action movie that celebrates all that is good about our country and our military.

Top Gun is a straightforward action movie that celebrates all that is good about our country and our military.

Add to that the handsome leads, a romantic drama with Cruise's love interest Jennifer Connelly (above left), and a new generation of actors and 'pilots', like Miles Teller, and you have an incredible sequel.

Add to that the handsome leads, a romantic drama with Cruise’s love interest Jennifer Connelly (above left), and a new generation of actors and ‘pilots’, like Miles Teller, and you have an incredible sequel.

Don’t they realize that most Americans take pride in their country and don’t want to feel bad about it when they spend their hard-earned money?

For a generation of Americans, Top Gun represents a celebration of the American military and America in general.

The original and the sequel begin with the same iconic scripts, describing how “the United States Navy established an elite school for the top one percent of its pilots… The Navy calls it the Combat Weapons School.” Flyers call it: Top Gun.

If that gives you the creeps, you’re not alone.

Top Gun is a straightforward action movie that celebrates all that is good about our country and our military.

Add to that the handsome leads, a romantic drama with Cruise’s love interest Jennifer Connelly, and a new generation of actors and ‘pilots’, like Miles Teller, and you have a damn sequel.

There’s also a really moving scene between Maverick and Iceman (Cruise and Val Kilmer) and I’m woman enough to admit I cried.

But above all else, the film is not overly political, it is not depressing, it is not focused on the flaws of the United States of America and why we suck and why our flag and national anthem are not worth honoring. .

The filmmakers also bucked Hollywood’s revolting tendency to pander to the demands of the totalitarian Chinese government.

In the original 1986 film, there is a patch representing the Taiwanese flag on Maverick’s flight jacket. But during the 2019 previews, the patch was removed to supposedly appease Chinese censors.

Moviegoers were pleased to see that the flag had been restored in the film, a sign that neither the filmmakers nor Cruise are content to be lapdogs for the Chinese regime.

I loved the movie and felt good walking out of the theater that night.

Hollywood needs to wake up to the reality that ‘wake up, go broke’ is real.

Last month it was announced that streaming giant Netflix lost 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of the year, marking the first such decline.

Perhaps that’s because many viewers can’t relate to your content.

Netflix recently produced and distributed series like Colin Kaepernick’s “In Black and White,” which, among other things, compared the NFL draft to slavery.

It was also assumed last month that Disney will rank among the worst performing stocks in 2022 after its high-profile dispute with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over his “Parental Rights in Education” bill.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s decision to take a political side in the fight was questioned as it is in his company’s best interest to remain neutral given that families of all political stripes visit Disney theme parks and watch their productions. .

In the media, there are examples of companies, newsmakers, and TV personalities choosing to take explicitly political and, yes, anti-Republican and anti-conservative stances.

CNN’s ratings are so pathetic that it has become the talk of the industry. They lost 70% of viewers in the key 25-54 demographic between January 2021 and May 2021.

They also spent $300 million on a digital streaming service called CNN+ that was such a flop it was canceled less than a month after it launched.

Awards show ratings are down across the board, and whoever hosts a Hollywood gala has a 50/50 chance of getting canceled for an old tweet or routine dug up by the thought police. .

I, for one, am sick of politics creeping into my entertainment.

This does not mean that artists cannot use their voices and their platforms. But if you’re an artist who says you’re disgusted by people like me, that we were born in Republican states, that we vote Republican and go to church every Sunday, chances are I won’t look at you.

I don’t want to support people who hate me and seem shameless about it.

So what is the lesson here?

Art is political, it always has been. But for every 5,000 awakening movies and TV shows, making one that is blatantly pro-US and pro-military is clearly the answer to Hollywood’s problems.

The question is whether anyone other than Tom Cruise has the backbone to create it or whether they’d rather continue making commercial flops for a shrinking audience.

Only time will tell… but hey, I’m happy that in 2022 I sat down to watch a movie and was just entertained.

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