Lady Gaga’s Top Gun: Maverick music video for “Hold My Hand” lends more emotional weight to the death of Goose in the first Top Gun film.
Lady Gaga’s new song for the Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack makes Goose’s death in the first film even more emotional. Top Gun: Maverick is the first sequel to the massive hit, which continues to be an endearing classic of the genre since its initial release. Directed by Joseph Kosinski with a script by Christopher McQuarrie, Eric Warren Singer, and Ehren Kruger, Top Gun: Maverick brings back Cruise’s Maverick, this time instructing a new generation of fighter pilots at the famed Naval program, played by Miles Teller, Lewis Pullman, Glen Powell, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, and Danny Ramirez. Also on deck in the cast is Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Ed Harris, as well as Val Kilmer, reprising his role as Iceman.
Released in 1986 and directed by Tony Scott, the first Top Gun focused on Tom Cruise’s Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, an F-14 fighter pilot who goes to The United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, aka Top Gun, with his partner, Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw, played be Anthony Edwards. In the film, Goose is killed when he and Maverick eject from their aircraft, which Maverick harbors tremendous guilt over, especially since he knew Goose’s wife and kids.
In a new music video from Lady Gaga for her song “Hold My Hand” on the Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack, the emotional impact and resonance of Goose’s death is brought to the forefront as Maverick is seen reflecting on his old partner throughout. Shots from Top Gun are shown in the video, including the scene in which Goose is killed, as well as moments when he is alive and with his family. Maverick is seen in present-day working in a hangar with a photo board of images featuring Goose and his family, including a young Miles Teller, who plays Goose’s son in the film. The somber yet uplifting song features imagery from the new film as well, suggesting that there are more emotional moments to come for the franchise. Take a look at the video below:
The original Top Gun soundtrack was a major success for the film, spawning a number of hits, particularly Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” (which is also featured in the new film) and Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away,” which won an Oscar for Best Song. The album went 9x Platinum and also featured the famed “Top Gun Anthem” by Harold Faltermeyer, who is also doing the score for Top Gun: Maverick with veteran composer Hans Zimmer, as well as Lady Gaga. Cruise recently said that Gaga’s involvement “opened those doors to the emotional core of the film” and that “Hold My Hand” became “the underlying score and the heartbeat of [Top Gun: Maverick]”
The music from the original Top Gun is deeply ingrained in the film, from the songs to the score, which is likely why it continues to be listened to and referenced today. Gaga is a tremendously talented musician, and having her on the Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack feels like a great fit for the franchise. With such careful attention paid to the music, it appears that the filmmakers are aiming to tap into that same spirit of the original, while forging ahead with new music to fit Top Gun: Maverick‘s emotional core, as well as the exciting action that defines it.
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- Top Gun: Maverick/Top Gun 2 (2022)Release date: May 27, 2022
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