My mom is a big fan of the original Top Gun. She saw Top Gun Maverick as soon as it opened in theaters. I wasn’t paying too much attention to the making of the film, however, I was taking notice of how well-received the movie was. My mom was telling me she was going to see Top Gun Maverick for a second time by herself and I offered to tag along. I was pleasantly surprised because honestly, Top Gun Maverick might be my favorite movie I have seen this year.
Top Gun Maverick takes place thirty-six years after the original film. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (played by Tom Cruise) is a test pilot. He’s made aware that the flight program he’s a part of is being decommissioned. Instead of accepting this decision, he flies a prototype to prove that the program is worth saving. Maverick destroys the plane angering the high-ranking officers. As a result, Maverick is sent to train other TOPGUN flyers. This forces Maverick to confront his past as one of the students is Goose’s son, Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (played by Miles Teller). For those who didn’t see the original Top Gun film, Goose was killed accidentally and Maverick holds a lot of guilt for his death. Maverick has to prove to the students that he can train them for their upcoming mission.
The story at times was intense! In the last hour when the mission is in progress, I was stressed. It’s clear that there was a lot at stake and the pilots had to prove to themselves that they were a team that could work together. Besides the intensity, I thought the story was fleshed out. As someone who hasn’t watched Top Gun in years, I felt I could easily follow this film. It can be difficult to watch a film where you feel left out, but Top Gun Maverick wasn’t like that.
The acting in Top Gun Maverick was top-notch. While it’s easy to focus on Tom Cruise specifically, I think Miles Teller steals the show. He clearly resembles Goose. In the scenes leading to Rooster climbing into his plane, you can see the anxiety he has. He feels like he isn’t ready and it’s read across his face. The whole cast does a great job. Glen Powell is another standout. He plays “Hangman” who is a bit of a jerk. He plays a big role later in the film. The whole cast rocked and each actor fit the role they were playing.
Top Gun Maverick is an absolutely perfect summer movie. It’s action-packed, there’s a fun soundtrack with 80s throwbacks, and it kept me entertained throughout the whole movie. Top Gun Maverick is easily one of the best sequels I have ever watched.