Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick Sunglasses Can Be Our Wingman Anytime
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It’s a weird time for movies. A slew of major blockbusters, from No Time to Die to Mulan to Fast & Furious 9, have all had their opening dates pushed due to COVID-19; a handful of recent theatrical releases like The Invisible Man and The Hunt, meanwhile, are getting fast-tracked to Video on Demand. But as of right now, at least, there remains one last shimmering ray of popcorn-chomping hope on the horizon. A high-octane, greased-up, beach-volleyball-playing, mach-two-with-your-hair-on-fire scorcher that’s yet to budge from its June 24 release date. I’m speaking, of course, about Top Gun: Maverick.
Beyond its stubborn optimism that cineplexes will reopen by summer—despite humanity cruising down a literal highway to the danger zone—the long-awaited Top Gun sequel stands apart for another reason entirely. Cinephiles love to bemoan the dearth of originality in modern blockbusters; the most successful pictures, they’ll groan at you, are almost always paint-by-numbers sequels or lazy remakes or loose adaptations of some obscure Happy Meal toy from 1992 designed to tickle your brain’s warm nostalgic pleasure centers. Judging by the trailers, though, Maverick appears to be a shot-for-shot recreation of the original Top Gun (albeit laced with way, way more vertigo-inducing, real-deal stunt work)—and yet people are still losing their godd#mn minds over this movie. Tom Cruise does not lose. His ego just keeps writing checks that his body miraculously continues to cash.
Along with Cruise, his old teeth-chomping adversary Val Kilmer, and a sweaty undercurrent of latent homoeroticism, the sequel is bringing back another vital piece of the Top Gun puzzle: Maverick’s iconic Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses. In the seven months after the first film dropped in 1986, sales of aviators reportedly jumped 40%. It’s easy to see why: everybody, a slightly damp Tom Cruise especially included, looks great in a pair of aviators. The teardrop lenses flatter all face shapes, and the slender metal frames sync up perfectly with everything from a tight white tee and Levi’s to a heavily starched and pressed dress uniform. Like Cruise himself, they’re ageless and eternal.
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And so, if Top Gun: Maverick’s rose-colored view of this outbreak holds, and movie theaters really are fully operational again by June, you’re going to want to buy your pair of Ray-Bans pronto. If the excitement around this flick continues to build apace, and history repeats itself, then waiting to see it before copping the shades will likely mean missing out on them entirely. And remember—there are no points for second place. Safer to secure ‘em now, when everybody is stuck indoors and not concerned about UV protection. Trust us: they’re going to look cool as all hell on an 80-foot IMAX screen, and they’ll look equally as cool on you all summer. They’re the best of the best, and they’ll make you better.