Movie vs. Soundtrack Punch-out!: "Top Gun"
The movie soundtrack featured a great line-up of music artists. The "king of 80s soundtracks" (as I call him) Kenny Loggins contributed two tracks including the iconic thrill ride "Danger Zone." Tony Scott also directed the music video featuring footage from the film. The love theme "Take My Breathe Away" by Berlin used synthesizers and vocals from lead singer Terri Nunn to express the relationship of "Charlie" and "Maverick." Other artists contributing to the soundtrack included Loverboy, Cheap Trick, Teena Marie, and the Miami Sound Machine. Beverly Hills Cop composer Harold Faltermeyer teamed with guitarist Steve Stevens to produce the "Top Gun Anthem" which was featured in the opening credits of the film.
Top Gun's legacy has been a lasting one over the past 26 years, although it was never critically acclaimed. It maintains a 50% critic rating on RottenTomatoes.Com with an 82% audience rating. Using the success of the film, the popular 1991 parody film Hot Shots spoofed many facets of the original and actually out-grossed it at the box office. A special edition of the soundtrack was released in 1999 featuring five more tracks, such as "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" by the Righteous Brothers, that were not on the original soundtrack but feature in the film. A deluxe edition was also released in 2006 featuring five more 80s hits from artists like Mr. Mister, Starship, and Europe. The movie has also been harolded in recent years on "best of" lists including #19 on Yahoo! Movies Greatest Action Films of All Time and AFI ranked the line "I feel the need...the need for speed!" as #94 on their 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes list.
So coming into this post, I was expecting a double vote for myself. I really love the movie and think the soundtrack is one of the best in the 80s. But even though the edge lies primarily with the soundtrack (the awards, chart positions, and sales figures) my vote is for the movie. I know many people think the movie is cheesy and stuck in the 80s, but I still think its very watchable and a classic. The soundtrack is great, there is no doubt about it...the movie has just made more of an impact on me than the popular songs.
Agree? Disagree? Vote in the poll below and then let me know your choice in the comments! If you simply can't decide...you can always vote for both!