Watched Top Gun: Maverick this weekend. I had originally planned on giving it a pass, assuming that it would be... not good. While i certainly enjoyed the first film back in 1986, with any kind of critical eye today, it does not stand up, and i was pretty sure the new one would not either. However, its rave reviews, nomination for an Oscar and personal recommendations convinced me to give it a try. Felt like an ad for how great the american armed forces are, how they can act with impunity without any over sight or input from anywhere else. Maybe back in 1986 we trusted in the US to make good global decisions (correctly or not), but now, it just felt gross. I give it 1/5.