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Is "Top Gun: Maverick" Just American Military Propaganda?

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"Top Gun: Maverick" has triggered columnist Zeeshan Aleem of MSNBC, to call it "the most insidious movie at the Oscars" and warns against "canonizing literal military propaganda."

Conservatives have praised the movie for bringing American exceptionalism back to the big screen and storing pride in the American military, but Aleem is concerned its six Oscar nominations will salute the American military and feed an appetite for war.

"'Top Gun' is as insidious as it is entertaining," Aleem wrote. "It does not merely revive a forgotten human-centered spectacle; it also beckons for a return to accepting the American war machine as a beacon of virtue and excitement. It's a poisonous kind of nostalgia, one that smuggles love of endless war into a celebration of live action."

Aleem, who is American born, warns the movie is too tidy with the U.S. military.

"'Top Gun' is literal propaganda: In exchange for access to military aircraft, the producers of the movie agreed to allow the Defense Department to include its own 'key talking points' in the script," he wrote. "Perhaps equally important, the script had to be written in a manner that flatters the military in order to secure the buy-in of the Pentagon."

On the other side, critic Jeffrey Blehar feels "Top Gun: Maverick" was the best picture of 2022:   "It is one of the more unique beasts seen in Hollywood in recent years: an authentic action blockbuster that conceals shocking thematic depths within its nominally crowd-pleasing skin...a thrillingly well-executed, crowd-pleasing film with utterly insane aerial stuntwork and photography where the squad takes out the bad guys and everything works out fine for Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and Team America."

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  • jackjack 214 Pts   -  

    Is "Top Gun: Maverick" Just American Military Propaganda?

    Hello J:

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  • John_C_87John_C_87 Emerald Premium Member 791 Pts   -   edited March 15

    It would be Armed Services Propaganda....not answer the question the movie is for entertainment and not for education.

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