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Marina Hyde and Hadley Freeman on Top Gun

Marina Hyde and Hadley Freeman on Top Gun

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After years of delays, Top Gun 2: Maverick finally hits UK cinema screens on 27 May. The original is a bona fide classic, memorable for the bomber jackets, the aviators and the need for speed. 

On paper, Top Gun is a film about fighter pilots and dogfights, but the reality is so much more. It’s an endlessly quotable study in heroism and masculinity with a killer soundtrack. This is a film sweaty with homoeroticism, helped by that volleyball scene and lots of hunky naked men wearing small towels. Its high-octane, full-throttle patriotism avoids feeling toxic, and it’s the best recruitment ad the US Navy never commissioned. It’s a film that defined a decade, how has it stayed relevant? Perfect for rookies or die-hard Top Gun fans, join us for a ThinkIn with special guests Hadley Freeman and Marina Hyde while we explore how Top Gun has stood the test of time? 

editor and invited experts

Matt d’Ancona

Hadley Freeman
Guardian columnist

Marina Hyde
Guardian columnist