Quentin Tarantino praises Top Gun: Maverick

Quentin Tarantino has been making the rounds in the podcasting world, promoting his excellent new podcast with Roger Avary (Killing Zoe), “The Video Archive’s Podcast,” named after the legendary video store the two used to work at. Each episode is devoted to a triple feature of VHS tapes from the Video Archives catalog (this week they saw Moonraker, Firefox and the slash Delirium), and it’s an incredibly deep dive for film fans. Tarantino seems to love the podcast form, and he’s appeared on a lot of them lately, including ReelBlend Podcast (via Variety), where he discussed his love for Top Gun: Maverick.

“I saw it in the theaters. That and [Steven] Spielberg’sWest Side Story‘ both delivered a truly cinematic spectacle, the kind I almost thought I’d never see again. It was amazing.”

Tarantino, of course, had a history with the late director of the original top gun, Tony Scott, who directed his screenplay for True romance. Despite the liberties taken, QT remained a staunch admirer and friend of the director and believes the film is as close as we’ll ever get to one last great Tony Scott film.

“[Director Joseph Kosinski] did a good job. Tony’s respect and love were in every frame. It was almost in every decision. It was deliberate right there, but in this really cool way, it was really respectful. And I think that was in every decision that Tom made [Cruise] made on film.”

Tarantino says the only decision he wasn’t thrilled about was the emotional reunion between Val Kilmer’s Iceman and Tom Cruise’s Maverick. Still, in the end, he admits the fan-favorite reunion worked.

“But it absolutely works. It’s kind of like Charlie Chaplin dying on stage for the last scene of ‘Limelight’…but it damn works. You wait for it and the damn scene delivers.”

Top Gun: Maverick turns PVOD on 23 August.

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