Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG Length: 110 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 13+. It’s surprising to me that the original “Top Gun” was rated PG back in 1986, because it clearly would not get that rating now. It’s more along the lines of a PG-13 because of a tragic character death, a sex scene (which lacks nudity, but is still fairly erotic) and sexually suggestive language, and all those topless men playing beach volleyball. Also some cursing and scenes at a bar.
It’s been more than 25 years since ‘Top Gun’ was originally released, so of course, it’s time for a 3-D re-release to make some quick books. But, to be fair, ‘Top Gun 3D’ isn’t that bad—it’s visually arresting yet not overdone, and the injection of further special effects help temper the film’s campiness.
By Roxana Hadadi
I don’t think it’s unfair to say that we’re fascinated with being in the air—and by “we” I mean everyone, every nationality, every ethnicity, every everything. Whether in action films like “Red Tails” or thrillers like “Flight,” the concept of being up there, supported by who knows what, and with the ability to go wherever you want is both invigorating and terrifying. You can dismiss the campiness of “Top Gun” all you want, but that sense of wonder and fear is all over the ’80s classic’s 3-D rerelease. It’s what keeps the film from becoming too much of a jingoistic project, allowing it instead to speak to us on some primal, visceral level.