DAYS OF THUNDER / WAR OF THE WORLDS / TOP GUN 4K

DAYS OF THUNDER

MOVIE – ★★★½

4K  – ★★★★★

Starring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes, Michael Rooker, Fred Thompson, John C. Reilly
Director Tony Scott
1990 / 107 Minutes / Paramount Pictures

Days of Thunder is classic Tom Cruise and up until recently was one of the better race car movies, Ford V. Ferrari in my opinion takes that top honour now. But Days still has everything you could want in a racing movie and it’s even better in stunning 4K!

Tom Cruise plays race car driver Cole Trickle, whose talent and ambition are surpassed only by his burning need to win. Cole is teamed with legendary crew chief and car-builder Harry Hogge (Duvall) to race for the Winston Cup at the Daytona 500. Days of Thunder was never much for storyline, but we didn’t really come here for deep plot.

I have to admit this was a lot more fun back in the 90’s and doesn’t quite have as much oomph as it did back then. However it’s always had amazing sound which was it’s one and only Oscar nomination. It’s impressive and even better with the new 4K edition. For the nearly two hour running time I was transported back to the feeling of seeing this in the theatres. Even though it runs thin it’s still one of Cruise’s top flicks.

Grade B-

 

WAR OF THE WORLDS

MOVIE – ★★★★½

4K  – ★★★★★

Starring Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin, Tim Robbins
Director Steven Spielberg
2005 / 116 Minutes / Paramount Pictures

I really enjoyed War of the Worlds back when it was first released and now watching it years later and watching it during this odd time we are living in made this feel even creepier. That end of the world feeling felt more terrifying this time.

Tom Cruise stars as Ray Ferrier, an ordinary man who summons extraordinary courage to protect his children when a global army of alien invaders set their sights and their devastating war machines upon Earth and the entire human population. The classic story has never felt more terrifying. I found even watching it years later still on the edge of my seat. Even in the last quarter of the movie where it does kind of slip away a bit, it’s still a terrific film.

War of the Worlds looks and sounds incredible in this new 4K edition. I felt like I was back in theatres watching it for the first time again. It’s the perfect film for the format.

One of my favourite Cruise flicks!

Grade A-

 

TOP GUN

MOVIE – ★★½

4K  – ★★★★★

Starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, John Stockwell, Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan
Director Tony Scott
1986 / 110 Minutes / Paramount Pictures

It’s everyone’s favourite homoerotic 80’s movie is now out in stunning 4k that will take your breath away. ‘Groan’.

I have never been a fan of Top Gun. Even back in the day when it first came out I could never get into it. Sure it’s technically a great movie visually with an incredible soundtrack, but other then that I’ve always found this movie a bit absurd and dull. I have never understood the love for this.

Tom Cruise is Lt. Pete Maverick Mitchell, a daring young flyer who’s out to become the best. And Kelly McGillis stars as the civilian instructor who teaches Maverick a few things you can’t learn in a classroom, even that summary makes my eyes roll, is this a porno? I don’t find the story the least bit exciting not to mention the love story which I just don’t see any chemistry between Cruise and McGillis.

I’ll give Top Gun all the credit for being visually exciting with an amazing soundtrack. Let me correct that, I don’t mean the music (how many times can a two hour movie use Danger Zone throughout it, enough already!) I mean this amazing sound mixing and the quality that is still impressive today.

I get it this movie is a classic, but for me it’s one of my least favourite Tom Cruise movies and it takes a lot of effort to sit through it for me. With that said it’s still worth seeing on 4K, it’s the best it has ever looked, for me anyway.

Grade C-

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