TOP GUN: MAVERICK starring Tom Cruise (2020)
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Top Gun: Maverick Reactions Go Crazy for the 'Perfect Blockbuster' - Variety

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“Top Gun: Maverick” blasted off at CinemaCon, where Paramount Pictures held the tentpole’s first public screening and generated rave first reactions. Journalists in attendance are hailing the long-awaited “Top Gun” sequel as “the perfect blockbuster” and “terrific in every conceivable way.” The film will screen at the Cannes Film Festival in May before Paramount releases it in theaters over Memorial Day weekend.

 

Paramount Pictures president Brian Robbins introduced the CinemaCon screening of the film and said star Tom Cruise has earned his reputation as the most daring actor in Hollywood. Cruise was not in attendance but did send along a pre-recorded video in which he told the audience, “Please enjoy, and, hey, let’s try to have a great summer!” Several moments in the film had the audience cheering, and Paramount executives were thrilled with the way theater owners were responding to the movie.

 

Tom Cruise reprises his role of test pilot Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who is now put in charge of training a group of younger Top Gun graduates played by the likes of Miles Teller, Glen Powell and more. Teller stars as Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, a pilot trainee who is the son of Maverick’s late best friend Nick “Goose” Bradshaw. Also starring in the film are Jennifer Connolly, Jon Hamm, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris and Val Kilmer, the latter of whom reprises his role of Tom “Iceman” Kazansky from the original movie.

 

 

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Many positive reviews popping up.

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Top Gun: Maverick deserves a few more significant shout-outs, one being the honorable inclusion of Val Kilmer. The famed actor started to distance himself these last few years from Hollywood to focus on his health in the face of throat cancer. Thanks to Cruise’s own push, this film gives Kilmer a chance to reprise his major role from the original in a way that respects and accommodates his condition, which feels like an on-screen rarity when any other film would have just written him out, to begin with.

 

This is just a small testament to why Top Gun: Maverick has a leg up on most other legacy sequels – it knows what audiences want to see and delivers that in the most virtuous way without falling too deep into fan service. It pays enough respect to Tony Scott’s classic, whether that be through blasting “Danger Zone” in front of another opening montage or not shying away from the fun of cheeky one-liners, all the while finding its own voice through a modern story. These emotions are only further propelled when Tom Cruise leads some of the most immersive aerial dogfights ever put to screen. It is simply the kind of blockbuster that needs to be seen on the biggest screen you can find.

4.0/5 stars overall

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