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Top Gun: Maverick (2022)


Released:  Friday, May 27, 2022  
Length:  131 minutes
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Action/Adventure
Rating: Top Gun: Maverick is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Top Gun: Maverick Synopsis

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After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.” Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

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Paramount+ Announces Top Gun: Maverick Release Date  11/22/2022 10:03 AM EST
Soon, "Top Gun: Maverick" will be flying into Paramount+. The studio announced today that their streamer will debut the film on Thursday, Dec. 22 in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, the U.K., and Latin America.The film stars Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Barbaro, Jay El...  More>>

Top Gun: Maverick Breaking Digital Selling Records  9/2/2022 4:06 PM EST
"Top Gun: Maverick" is continuing to break records. The film has now become the #1 Week-One Digital sell-through title of all time in the U.S. and in major territories around the world. Released for sale across Digital platforms on August 23, the film has already become one of the Top 20 best-selling digital releases in history after being available for only one week.  In addition, the Digital rel...  More>>

Paramount Pictures to Host Top Gun: Maverick Fan Appreciation W...  8/8/2022 12:24 PM EST
Paramount Pictures has announced that they will be holding a nationwide "Top Gun: Maverick" Fan Appreciation Weekend this weekend. "Paramount Pictures is eternally grateful to the millions of fans going to theatres to experience Top Gun: Maverick the way it was meant to be seen - on the big screen," said Chris Aronson, President, Domestic Distribution of Paramount Pictures. "We are excited about t...  More>>

Top Gun: Maverick Officially Cruise's Biggest Movie Ever  6/17/2022 1:24 PM EST
"Top Gun: Maverick" has officially become Tom Cruise's biggest movie ever. The sequel has now reached over $800 million at the box office globally in just 21 days."Maverick" now surpasses Cruise's previous biggest earner "Mission: Impossible - Fallout", which earned $791.1 million globally. It has also now become Paramount's biggest title in 15 markets.The film brings back the character of Captain...  More>>

Top Gun Maverick Breaks Box Office Records  5/31/2022 4:31 PM EST
Box office earnings for Paramount/Skydance's "Top Gun: Maverick" have skyrocketed. The film has now surpassed Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" for the Memorial Day opening 4-day record (plus previews) with over $160 million. "At world's End" earned $139.8 million.The film is the sequel to the hit 1986 release and brings back Tom Cruise as the iconic character Capt. Pete "Maveric...  More>>

See an Advance Screening of TOP GUN: MAVERICK in Florida  5/10/2022 11:17 AM EST
It has been over thirty years since Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible), Anthony Edwards (ER), Val Kilmer (Real Genius), etc. graced movie theater screens portraying Naval fighter pilots in the blockbuster movie, Top Gun.  This Memorial Day weekend audiences will finally get to revisit US Navy's Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California as the long-awaited sequel, T...  More>>

Paramount Pictures Announces Top Gun Tuesday Early Screenings  5/3/2022 4:01 PM EST
Today,  Paramount Pictures announced "Top Gun Tuesday," a special pre-opening fan event to celebrate the theatrical release of Top Gun: Maverick opening nationwide exclusively in theatres. The Early Access Premiere will include one showing of the film on "Top Gun Tuesday," May 24th, in advance of the movie's national release on Friday, May 27th."Fans of Top Gun have been patiently waiting-some for...  More>>

Top Gun: Maverick to Screen First at CinemaCon  4/8/2022 2:59 PM EST
It has been announced that "Top Gun: Maverick", which will premier in San Diego on May 4, will also be getting a screening at CinemaCon.CinemaCon will take from April 25-28 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and is the Official Convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners. The event has become an important gathering for the worldwide motion picture theater industry, attracting attendees f...  More>>

Top Gun: Maverick to be Featured at Cannes Film Festival  3/15/2022 10:27 AM EST
After much speculation, it looks like Paramount and Skydance's "Top Gun: Maverick" will be making an appearance at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The film will still have its world premiere in San Diego, then will be shown at the festival, which runs from May 17-28."Top Gun: Maverick" will hit theatres on May 27....  More>>

Paramount Pushes Back Top Gun Maverick Release Date  4/2/2020 3:47 PM EST
Paramount has announced some changes for their film releases. Among those films is Top Gun: Maverik, the much anticipated Top Gun sequel that stars Tom Cruise. The release date has been pushed to December 23, 2020, from the original date of June 24. This change will now push back the release of The Tomorrow War, starring Chris Pratt, to an uncertain date.There have been many changes in the 2020 fi...  More>>

Glen Powell to Receive CinemaCon Male Star of Tomorrow Award  3/10/2020 1:48 PM EST
CinemaCon has announced that they will be awarding Glen Powell with this year's "CinemaCon® Male Star of Tomorrow Award". The announcement was made today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. The award will be presented at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony taking place on the evening of Thursday, April 2, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace."Having already made hi...  More>>

Top Gun to Make Appearance at San Diego Comic-Con  6/20/2019 3:53 PM EST
Rumors are swirling that "Top Gun: Maverick" could be making an appearance at this year's Comic-Con. It's been said that cast from the Paramount/Skydance Media film are already booking hotels and tickets and making plans for the event. There's no word yet on who would be making appearances but if Tom Cruise were to show up, that would certainly be exciting, as he is a major hype man for his films....  More>>

Top Gun: Maverick Theatrical Review

Top Gun: Maverick Theatrical Review

It is pretty well known that actor Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible) is typically involved with and oversees most, if not all, of the aspects of the movies in which he stars.  So, after more than thirty years, when the timing and the script were finally right, Cruise returned to Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California to film the long-awaited Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.  After many starts, stops, and delays - for various reasons including COVID - the film will be released worldwide on May 27, 2022, in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend and, based on earlier advance screenings, it is projected to gross approximately $100 million in those first few days.

Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise) is a Naval test pilot who is still haunted by the ghosts of his past.  When he finds out his project - Mach 10 test flight - has been defunded, he does what he does best, and ignores orders to reach his goal.  Once he is back on the ground, he is told if it wasn’t for Maverick’s longtime friend, Admiral Tom “Iceman” Kasansky (Val Kilmer; Real Genius), he would have been kicked out years ago but, on Iceman’s orders, he is instead being sent back to Top Gun as an instructor.

Once there, Maverick is “briefed” as to why and who he will be training, which is problematic as the pilots include Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller; Whiplash).  Rooster is the son of Maverick’s best friend and former RIO, Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards; Miracle Mile) who Maverick and Rooster both blame Maverick for Goose’s death.  With tension mounting and the training deadline drawing nearer, Maverick must prove the special mission can be successful with the right pilots.  Of course, his way of “proving” it can be done is by, once again, bucking the rules.

Much like Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible movies, Cruise embodies the character of Maverick with all his bravado, insecurities, and skeletons.  Teller’s resemblance to Edwards is scary, especially with the mustache.  He holds his own in scenes with Cruise which is important else the older actor would have swallowed him whole.  Jennifer Connelly (Snowpiercer) plays Maverick’s love interest and surprisingly they have a good/interesting chemistry that works for both of their characters.  Of course, a Top Gun Movie wouldn’t be complete without an appearance from Kilmer and his cameo is a quick highlight in a movie that is full of them.  The sensitivity shown to the actor and his illness is heartwarming, in an industry not necessarily known for being a class act.

The action sequences are heart-pounding and offer the audience an adrenaline rush like no other.  Having the cameras in the cockpits with the actors gives those scenes an authenticity never seen before in a film.  To the actors’ credit, they do a great job acting and reciting dialogue while pulling 5Gs. Everyone has heard the stories of the training regiment Cruise designed for the actors to prepare them for the action and that training pays off in the end.

So many times a sequel can’t live up to the original film, especially when the first movie was a blockbuster that has achieved iconic status.  Top Gun: Maverick could have been a horrible mess (although I doubt Cruise would have signed on if the script wasn't good), but it is a sequel that is just as good, if not better than the original.  The 1986 Top Gun grossed $371 million on a $15 million dollar budget so this month’s Top Gun: Maverick has some hefty shoes to fill (especially since the budget was ten times the original movie’s) but I think it will exceed expectations and make its mark as a sequel of a one of a kind film.

Grade: A-


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