Quentin Tarantino is a legendary filmmaker responsible for several classic films including Reservoir Dogs, pulp fiction, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchainedand last Once upon a time… in Hollywood. The longtime director knows a thing or two about making a successful film, so his endorsement means a lot to everyone in the film industry.
Over the years, Tarantino has expressed admiration for certain projects, including the British children’s show Peppa Pigwhile voicing his displeasure with the mass adoption of mainstream films war of stars or the Marvel Studios movies. The director, like many others, was concerned about the film industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was happy to see films like Top Gun: Maverick and Westside Story bring larger-than-life spectacles back to the theater. During an interview with the ReelBlend podcast this week, Tarantino shared his respect and love for the two films that were released over the past year, while admitting he doesn’t like to talk about new films because when he doesn’t say something good, he lashes out he to’ someone.
“I don’t want to do that. But in this case, I loved Top Gun: Maverick. I thought it was fantastic. I’ve seen it in theaters… That and [Steven] Spielberg’s West Side Story both offered true cinematic extravagance, the kind I almost thought I wouldn’t see again. It was fantastic.”
Adding his thoughts on the scene with Cruise and Val Kilmer, he said it was almost too cheesy, but it worked.
“[It] was almost too cheap but it absolutely works. It’s a bit like Charlie Chaplin dying on stage for the final scene of Limelight… but it fucking works. You wait for it and the damn scene delivers.”
It’s fantastic to see a great filmmaker of all time again, passionate about the film industry and proving that the cinema days are not over yet.
Tarantino was unsure about a Top Gun sequel without the original director
Tony Scott directed the original top gunresponsible for several action-packed films, including true romance, Beverly Hills Cop IIand public enemy. Quentin Tarantino told ReelBlend he was unsure about a top gun Sequel without the original director but felt honored with the fantastic sequel.
“But there was also this beautiful, endearing aspect because I love both [original Top Gun director] Tony Scott’s cinema so much and I love Tony so much that we’re so close to seeing another Tony Scott film. [Director Joseph Koskinski] did a great job. Tony’s respect and love was in every frame. It was in almost every decision. It was deliberately right there, but in this really cool way, that was really respectful. And I think it was Tom in every decision [Cruise] made on the film. It’s the closest we’ve got to another Tony Scott film, and it was bloody great.”
Sadly, Tony Scott passed away in 2012, but friend and collaborator Quentin Tarantino is glad he got to experience a film that respected and honored the filmmakers’ legacy Top Gun: Maverick did.