Without a doubt Top Gun: Maverick delivers one of the best mainstream Hollywood action films of the last several years. Forget your Avengers or Justice Leagues, Tom Cruise shows how to give audiences the type of entertainment that they’ve been yearning for. Joseph Kosinski’s follow-up to Tony Scott‘s iconic 1986 film took everyone by surprise by becoming the highest grossing film of 2022. It came along and shot down the competition with expertly handled arial action, great performances and the type of humanity which has been missing from mainstream movies for a long time.
Cruise’s Pete ‘Maverick Mitchell is once again taking to the skies – this time teaching a group of top pilots. The only problem is that one of Maverick’s stunts is Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller) —the son of Maverick’s dead best friend Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards). Tension runs high between the two men – something which is event more exacerbate when they take to the skies. They need to find a way to set aside their differences because a ticking clock and a faceless enemy puts the world in danger.
So, why did Top Gun: Maverick strike such a cord with audiences? It’s a film about feeling relevant. About a changing world. Parenthood. Friendship. It resonates. There’s also very little CGI. Maverick is giving people what they used to want from films – an escape from reality – but one which will connect with the viewer on an emotional level.
The action sequences are off the chart great and the performances are first-rate – something with is expected from a film which also features Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris and the mighty Val Kilmer (returning for a very poignant turn as Iceman).
Top Gun: Maverick is an expertly handled piece of storytelling. The film is brilliantly structured, loaded with character development and stakes which feel well earned. At the heart of the film is Tom Cruise, our last great movie star. Cruise is more than an actor – he’s a cinematic icon and he shows-off all his skills in this film. Heroic learning man, romantic lead and dramatic actor – this is Cruise putting his charisma all the way up to mach 10.
Top Gun: Maverick is a good as this type of movies gets. It’s highly recommend – and it needs to be seen on the biggest screen possible!
Blu-ray Special Features
Behind the scenes material and music videos give you plenty of added value – but Top Gun Maverick deserves much, much more.