A mashup between the Top Gun music video and Dunkirk just doesn’t work. Sorry, I tried my best to see if I could get into it but it’s too much of a generation clash to really call it anything but a lame attempt at pushing something together that just doesn’t go. If they’d done a mashup of the actual movie Top Gun and Dunkirk that would have made a lot more sense as it could have been described as a past meets present version and it would have worked beautifully. But the music video is a singer lying on a bed, walking around a room, singing about the danger zone while at times holding onto a camera and standing half in and half out of the shadows. My mind goes to the crazy zone on a pretty continual basis and even then I couldn’t say with a straight face that these two go together.
This song and Top Gun went together beautifully because of the visuals and because they were both set in the same time period so it made sense. Trying to fit it with Dunkirk doesn’t work as the mind expects to hear something more classical, more ominous, than a trendy and popular track that was made so because of the movie it was featured with. There’s just something that doesn’t fit and kind of messes up the feeling between the track and the movie so that it feels awkward and disjointed somehow.
With historical dramas like Dunkirk you don’t typically expect to hear this kind of music unless it’s a spoof or a parody of some sort. When it’s a serious movie you tend to hear more instrumental pieces than anything and trying to jam something in there like this is beyond what most people would expect or call good taste. It sounds more like someone attempting to force two of the things they love to coincide whether they do or not.
Plus, the style that Kenny Loggins is dressed in and the very feel of the room is all 80’s which definitely doesn’t fit with the time period of Dunkirk. If people had been wearing the clothing they wore in the 80’s back in the 40’s I think they might have been considered to be some new, modern type of gangster or an actor wearing a costume. In any case the two just don’t fit together but they fit with their respective time periods quite well.
Top Gun and Dunkirk share a lot of similarities but this song and Dunkirk is like trying to eat a peanut butter and mayo sandwich. It might go down with each torturous bite, but it won’t leave a good taste behind when it does. Besides that the opening title picture for the mashup, the one you see above, is just all kinds of wrong. I don’t mean that it’s inaccurate, it’s just something that doesn’t fit with what people already know about the movies.
Nice try but no dice on this one.