MOVIE: Top Gun


The three basic categories of sound are dialogue, sound effects, and music. Dialogue consists of the words spoken by two or more characters in the movie. It is usually recorded live, sometimes it is dubbed and added later. The difficulty with dialogue is making it look seamless and natural. Sound effects serve to enhance the film. It can enhance the action or thrill of the movie. Whether it’s an explosion, or roaring jet plane, it can bring you to the edge of your seat. Music can be a very critical part of a film. It can help set the mood for a scene. Whether its upbeat or low tones, the music sets the feeling. The music can make you want to get up and dance, or make your heart race with fear.

Top Gun was released in 1986. This movie centers on the Navy’s elite fighter weapons school. This film has all three basic categories of sound in dynamic format. This film is categorized in the genres of Action, Drama, and Romance by IMDB. The dialogue between the characters is everything from comedy to serious, and back again. The sound effects are phenomenal. One of my favorite scenes in called “Buzzing the Tower”. It is a wild scene where Goose and Maverick do a very close fly by the air traffic tower.


The dialogue between the actors is great, and the sound effects are amazing! Watching this in surround sound you feel the roar of the jet engine. The background music adds to the excitement, and victorious feeling. Top Gun was also nominated and won awards for the song Take My Breath Away”, sound effects, editing, sound effects editing, and soundtrack.

Throughout this film there is the glorious sound of jets, and an awesome soundtrack. Even during the dark sad times of the movie, the music and dialogue, move you close to tears. During the times of action and victory, those same sound effects, dialogue, and soundtrack make you want to get up and cheer. Had this movie been done in such a way that those elements were less than superior, it would be a mediocre movie at best. This movie brings sound effects, dialogue, and music to the forefront, and is a must see for that reason.

Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.


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