Top Gun: Maverick 2022 Movie Review
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Cast: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer
Cinematography: Claudio Miranda
Music: Hans Zimmer, Harold Faltermeyer, and Lady Gaga
Thirty years of service leads Maverick to train a group of elite TOPGUN graduates to prepare for a high-profile mission while Maverick battles his past demons.
Top Gun: Maverick 2022 Movie Review:
In recent years, developments like cheap large-screen TVs, the Internet fast enough to support seamless streaming content, and work-from-home edicts/trends have rendered film largely a stay-at-home experience.
There are certainly some pros to this: cheap snacks, on-demand viewing, and not having to venture out into the general public for mass consumption of entertainment.
But all that said, there is still something about the cinematic experience that captures the imagination–the big screen, the immersive sound, the live reactions/buzz, and the conversations afterward.
Just the opportunity to “get out” might be underrated at this point. For all of us who enjoy such excursions and want more of them in the future, Top Gun: Maverick is the film we all needed.
Top Gun: Maverick accomplishes a very rare feat of being a long-gestating sequel that is not only worthy of the original but better than it. Managing to retain the spirit of the original whilst also adding stronger stakes, a more emotionally involved narrative, and better-written characters.
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Tom Cruise is perfect as Maverick, bringing all the charm and star power but also adding much-needed dramatic weight and sorrow to the character. He also has great chemistry with Jennifer Connelly, who is a strong love interest with lots of warmth and humanity.
Memorable but Miles Teller is the standout with a satisfying character arc and has equally great chemistry with Cruise. Val Kilmer’s inclusion was a superb decision and is handled with immense love and respect. Joseph Kosinski’s direction is amazing.
The film looks amazing overall with some nice homages to Tony Scott’s iconic style but the standout is the flight sequences which are truly astonishing and satisfyingly practical.
Sifting through hours upon hours of footage, the flight sequences are edited together in spectacular fashion, extremely comprehensible, and never boring.
The film itself has excellent pacing, naturally building to a thrilling climax that just keeps escalating. The soundtrack and music by Harold Faltermeyer, Lady Gaga, and Hans Zimmer are also perfect.
All the classics you expect are present and used in satisfying ways and the new music is appropriately epic. The new songs by Lada Gaga and One Republic are so good, utilized at the right moments, and equally catchy and memorable.
Verdict: Top Gun: Maverick 2022 Movie Review
Top Gun Maverick pulls off the impossible- a sequel better than its predecessor- and puts Cruise on the map yet again as America’s greatest action star.
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