REVIEW: Top Gun: Maverick Brings Aerial Action & One-Liners 80s Style

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By now, most viewers have at least heard of 1986’s Top Gun and have a rough idea of ​​what it is, even if they haven’t actually seen it. Despite mixed reviews, Tony Scott’s films have become classics and inspired many to join the US Navy. With stunning aerial combat, an endless supply of cheesy one-liners, and a charismatic cast, Top Gun: Maverick is likely to have the same effect on an entirely new generation.

Top Gun: Maverick is a film that knows exactly who it serves and what they expect to see. After the unveiling showcased a collection of actual fighter jets and aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, Maverick threw the audience straight into the first of many intense flight sequences. There’s suspense, uncertainty, and, of course, high speed, culminating in a confrontation that reminds viewers that, despite Pete “Maverick” Mitchell’s antics, he’s still the best Navy pilot in the sky. That’s why he returns to TOPGUN, this time as a mentor to the best of the best, and helps prepare others for high-stakes, high-stakes missions.

Audiences can expect plenty of references and homage to the original film, but none of them seem forced, and all of them are made meaningful in some way. However, for casual moviegoers who may have no experience with the 1986 film, fret not. Old photos, grainy flashbacks, and archival footage, fit the overall tone of the film and franchise, allowing a wider audience to quickly catch up on all the important events and characters.

Top Gun: Maverick sees a much more mature Mitchell. The events of the original film have taken their toll, and while she still has charm and confidence, she’s more haunted than ever. Star Tom Cruise brings enough swagger to the role, never letting it overwhelm or undermine the more dramatic moments. That perfect balance is captured in the singular moment he shares with actor Val Kilmer, who returns as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky.

Top Gun: Maverick may be a bit intimidating at first as a small unit of new characters emerge, including Mitchell’s new love interest, played by Jennifer Connelly, but each is given a chance to stand out — not necessarily as an entirely perfect one. character, but as one of the personalities that make up Maverick students. Rooster, played by Miles Teller, has the most opportunity to shine because he has a history with Maverick — and an important one at that.

Despite the film’s early attempts to feature Rooster as a new hotshot pilot, Teller didn’t feel right for the role — at least, not at first. Throughout the film, once the actor is given the opportunity to show more of the same arrogance that the other characters cast, he grows into the part and so on. In fact, as audiences learn more about his character, where he comes from, and what he’s trying to do, he becomes one of the most down-to-earth and trustworthy members of the TOPGUN class.

To viewers who step in without Top Gun knowing, regardless of how much fun the actors deliver, it might seem pretty obvious that the down-to-earth lines and scenes are filled with the kind of cliché they might have sworn out in the mid-’90s. What that viewer may not realize is that it was all designed. Mitchell literally threw out the rulebook. Simpson “Cyclone” Jon Hamm, at one point, uttered, “No way. No way… Maverick!” but it should be cheap.

This franchise is built on the quirkiness and over-the-top quality that was prevalent in the 80s. He doesn’t want to be anything, but he succeeds because he constantly admits that Top Gun, like Maverick himself, is a lovable old beast who can still teach kids a thing or two. It also works because, no matter how ridiculous the sometimes more down-to-earth scenes may seem, Top Gun: Maverick absolutely nailed the action sequences – gripping aerial combat and flying dashes that make viewers feel the film’s star pilot.

Maverick accomplishes something that few other blockbuster films have in its flight scenes by highlighting the physical and emotional strain placed on film characters during action scenes. These pilots aren’t just trying to look cool as they glide through narrow valleys or across the sky. They try to stay conscious while their own bodies and jets experience peak G-forces.

It needs to be said thata lot of hard work went into making this film. Top Gun: Maverick directors Joseph Kosinski and Cruise reveal how the cast and crew underwent months of training to handle the fighter jets and the cameras they would use in the cockpit. In total, cast and crew shot 800 hours of footage, capturing every grueling second of the seemingly hypersonic flight. Thankfully, all that time and effort really pays off. Even when the film doesn’t get too close and personal to the pilots, it’s hard not to marvel at the stunning camera shots that capture the impact and speed of this million-dollar aircraft.