So, to give some early context to this review, I am a young Black woman who loves Tom Cruise movies and yet never had an interest in watching the original Top Gun film. I knew it was one of his most iconic movies, I knew it had a major following, I knew that it became one of the iconic films of the 80s’, and yet there was always something that made me not want to watch it. Even as I prepared to watch its highly-anticipated sequel, even as I noticed that it was available to watch on Netflix, I could never get the urge to watch the film. That being said…the sequel is a phenomenal movie.
Thankfully the writers understood that there were plenty of people who, like me, hadn’t seen the first film…and yet the movie never leaves you in the dark. The storyline, heavily based on the occurrences of the original film, paints an emotional picture that had my chin wobbling and my eyes filling with tears multiple times. And sometimes my eyes were watering just because the sheer spectacle of the film was literally stunning.
Top Gun: Maverick is everything you’d want a sequel to be…and a little bit more. The story is well-written and emotional, the action scenes are stirring, heart-pounding, intense, and utterly incredible in IMAX, and the music is subtle and at times really powerful.
I’ve seen plenty of sequels, and I’ve also seen plenty of action movies, but Top Gun: Maverick is truly special. Tom Cruise continues to prove he’s at the top of his acting career by delivering a performance that was not only fun to watch but boy did he make me believe he’s one of the greatest pilots of all time.
Is the movie corny in some areas? Of course, it is. It’s a Top Gun movie! But it is also one of the most thrilling movie theater experiences you will ever have. This film will undoubtedly be one of my favorite films of the year and there’s no doubt about that.
This is why the theater experience still exists. For movies like Top Gun: Maverick.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.