Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writer/s: Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr., Peter Craig, Justin Marks, Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Tellers, Jennifer Connelly, Bashir Salajuddin, Jon Hamm, Monica Barbaro, Lewis Pullman, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Glen Powell, and more.

The Intro:
THREE YEARS OF WAITING FOR THIS MOVIE!!! I’m now realizing I keep saying “I think this is the last delayed movie” and then there’s another one so I’m going to stop saying that but… LET’S GOOOO!!! FINALLY!!! To be completely honest though, prior to watching Maverick, I had only watched the original “Top Gun” once and I barely remembered it. So my hype wasn’t exactly at an all-time high, but it was definitely there as I’m a big Tom Cruise fan. So without further ado… the Oberrating of “Top Gun: Maverick!”

IMDb Summary:
“After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.”

The Oberrating:
100% adrenaline filled entertainment. “Top Gun: Maverick” BLEW past my expectations. It is truly no wonder that Cruise put this off as long as he did in order for it to be viewed in theaters because that is where it is truly meant to be. Honestly, I never would have guessed that this movie could hit so well with the performances, script, callbacks, and practical effects. I really thought the one thing that would be jarring to me would be the callbacks to an original movie that is already so damn campy and silly in its own right. However, with that said the callbacks were nowhere near as distracting but actually heartwarming within certain moments and downright exciting in others *cues up “Danger Zone”*. All in all as I said, if you were worried this movie wouldn’t generate the same excitement as the original, worry no more. For me, it far exceeds it.

Performance, performance, performance! This cast is stacked, but shockingly with not so large of names. Our top icons reside in, obviously, Tom Cruise, but also Miles Teller, and Jennifer Connelly. Surrounding them but earning their weight in gold is the likes of Glen Powell, Bashir Salahuddin, Jon Hamm, Charles Parnell, Monica Barbaro, Lewis Pullman, Jay Ellis, and so many more. That is another thing among the many that impressed me was that even though many of these guys did not have much screen time, when they had it, they owned it.

The Wrap-Up:
As I said before, I really did not know what to actually expect going into this. I was hyped but between the delays and what even could come 30+ years after the original, I never expected this much of an adrenaline filled and entertainment filled spectacle. I mean, the ending of this simply kept me on the edge of my seat for a solid 20 minutes. Please, catch this in theaters. If you miss it, find a friend with the biggest entertainment system possible and attempt to replicate the experience.

Additional Takeaways:

  • The stunts?! Incredible
  • Miles Teller’s mustache? Magnificent
  • Miles Teller looking like the true offspring of young Anthony Edwards? Unreal
  • Glen Powell having quite a career ahead of him? Highly likely
  • Me wanting to see this again tomorrow? Confirmed

Rating: 4.5/5

References:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1745960/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1745960/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Edited by Abby McNatt





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