Tom Cruise returns as the pilot Maverick three decades after the original film, and under the direction of Joseph Kosinski, replacing the late Tony Scott.
This week, Top Gun: Maverick finally hit theaters after experiencing multiple delays during its production due to the pandemic crisis. It is the sequel to the classic Top Gun (1986), a blockbuster story that brought Tom Cruise to the height of recognition at an early stage of his artistic career. Three decades later, the actor returns in the role of Pete Maverick Mitchell, the skilled U.S. military pilot, in a film directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy and Oblivion).
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In this sequel, the protagonist has become a Navy test pilot, a job he always considered ideal for him after the events he experienced in the first installment. Everything has changed in this long time, there hasn’t been a major war in years and the role of the aviators can now be performed by an intelligent and highly modern drone. However, the great Maverick will prove that his talent and fearlessness can in no way be replaced. In addition to Cruise, the main cast includes Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm and Ed Harris.
Here’s what the reviews say about Top Gun: Maverick
David Ehrlich of IndieWire: “If Top Gun was a fun movie because it invented Tom Cruise, Maverick is a great movie because it immortalizes him.”
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter: “A superior sequel. […] It follows the original beat for beat, to a point that’s almost comical. And yet, as formulaic as it is, there’s no denying that it offers both nostalgia and reinvention.”
Clarisse Loughrey, Independent: “The film is a true legacy sequel. In the tradition of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it is a carefully reconstructed clone of its predecessor, designed not only to reflect changing tastes and attitudes, but also the rise of its star Tom Cruise to a level of fame that borders on the mythological. […] Top Gun: Maverick is every bit as exciting as the blockbusters.”
Peter Debruge of Variety: “The commitment to filming virtually everything feels like the avant-garde equivalent of Howard Hughes’ Hell’s Angels, a film that made history.”
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times: “Tony Scott fans may miss that disreputable edge, the unrepentantly vulgar sensibility that made the original Top Gun a dreamy, voluptuous scream. […] The women are few and far between, and even the more prominent ones get mostly perfunctory treatment.”
Screen Crush’s Matt Singer: “The fights, chases and mid-air sequences are truly remarkable, much clearer and much more intense than anything in the original Top Gun. […] Tom Cruise remains deeply ambivalent to the notion of passing the torch to a new generation onscreen, so Top Gun: Maverick stays focused on Maverick and his story, sometimes to the detriment of the younger cast.”