Luca Guadagnino praises “Top Gun: Maverick” and wishes more sequels of this kind

“The idea of ​​a sequel coming after a quarter of a century is, in its own way, a very clever, intelligent and thoughtful way of doing business.”

Luca Guadagnino has no problem with sequels coming decades after their original predecessors.

The director of Bones and All and Call Me By Your Name reflects on the success of Top Gun: Maverick more than 35 years after the first Tom Cruise-directed film.

“‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ a movie that trades very heavily with nostalgia and repetition, comes with the novelty of happening 25 years later,” Guadagnino told Deadline. “The idea of ​​a sequel coming after a quarter of a century is, in its own way, a very clever, intelligent and thoughtful way of doing business. Because now, even if the film evokes a very deep nostalgia in audiences – the nostalgic look of Tony Scott and the vision of the world as it was in 1986 – you are now there to experience Tom Cruise’s Maverick as a man. no boy. So I would say there are always opportunities to create something surprising and interesting.”

Guadagnino added, “You have to prototype because you have to keep creating the possibility of excitement in an audience’s investment in something really new. Any size fits all is Walmart. Every-size-fits-all is an artificial concept inherent in the practices of capitalism and the execution of a boring notion of capital. A clever idea of ​​capital comes with the notion of the prototype; it comes with the idea of ​​finding new terrain to expand even further.”

The director clarified that the “business” of filmmaking rests in appropriately recasting certain consistent qualities.

“Repeating something that is written in stone and repeated over and over again is bad practice because it’s pollution,” he added. “It’s the pollution of the images, of the world, and it makes the environment less livable and therefore less consumable. It’s a strange contradiction. We don’t work on parameters set in stone like chemistry or physics or mathematics. We are working with something that has to do with the unconscious and we have to allow that to be clever. If we trade the unconscious for the algorithm of everything—be it the algorithm itself or the expectations that come from it—then you fail. “It’s not possible because our data tells us that’s what the audience wants.” Well, you would never have had The Godfather like that. You would never have had ‘GoodFellas’. You would never have seen ‘Mission: Impossible’, Brian De Palma’s first film.”

Guadagnino shared: “We have to see what is happening and how things are changing and not let the present discourage us because there are new ways to find and be happy about them.”

While filming Bones and All, a cannibal love story set in the ’80s, Guadagnino explored locations in the Midwest and “saw a country so desperately clinging to visual values ​​reflected in the imagery of the ’80s. ”

Fittingly, Top Gun: Maverick also achieved unprecedented success at the summer blockbuster box office.

“Even if the Internet came and changed everything, I still believe that America is bathing in a nostalgic self-awareness that makes it the country’s most forward-thinking and also the country that’s frozen the most. ‘ concluded Guadagnino. “That’s kind of how I saw the ’80s.”

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