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Top Gun: Maverick - Film Review

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Published May 24th 2022
Cruise at his bast



There are not many movies that one would happily see again, within a week or so of the first viewing. Top Gun: Maverick, with its 100% Rotten Tomatoes score is just such a movie.

As Katie Walsh Tribune News Service (TNS) says "In the same way that Maverick has to prove that fighter pilots are still necessary in a world of drones and robots, Cruise has set himself the task of proving that movie stars .. are still necessary".

I booked the movie with the sense that this might be Cruise's Top Gun swan song. After all, he is in his sixtieth year a big ask for an action hero. And yet, after seeing this movie, like most of his viewers I suspect, I would be disappointed if he stops now.

(Paramount Pictures)


It ticks all the boxes heart-stopping cinematography, a riveting musical score that deserves its own showing Hans Zimmer meets Lady Gaga edge of the seat action, dog-fights, shoot-outs, and person to person rivalry and tension.

It simply has to be seen on the big screen with seat-shaking surround sound. We were engaged for every second. And there are tear-jerking moments, as Val Kilmer shows the seemingly invincible Ice Man as he faces his own mortality.

And a totally convincing love-interest as Cruise connects with someone from his past. This is not just a movie and one which delivers in spades at all levels. It is a franchise, and whether through flashbacks or using an ageing Cruise in a mentor role, we have not seen the last of the Top Gun series nor do we want to.

I'm going again. Soon.



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I have lost count of the number of times I have seen the original. Your story only further gets me interested in seeing the long awaited sequel.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|4858) 39 days ago
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