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Summer Blockbuster Movie Ads at Their Best – “Top Gun: Maverick” Edition…

July 15, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s okay, but as usual, it’s not as good as the original, is a commonly heard phrase among movie goers.  Sequels are rarely as good as their predecessors, and most certainly never better … or so we thought.  On May 9, 1986, the Los Angeles Times had a full-page ad for the soon to be released movie, Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise.  One can only guess if the paper realized what an iconic movie they were promoting the week before it’s premier.  Flash forward approximately a quarter of a century to the summer of 2022 when Tom Cruise reprised his roll as Maverik and once again rocked theater box offices for weeks.  Perhaps, “not as good as the original” has finally been put to rest.