‘Top Gun: Maverick’: Critics Are Excited About Tom Cruise’s New Movie

If “Top Gun: Maverick”’s 97% rating from critics on Rottentomatoes.com is any indication, the new action-adventure blockbuster is about to take off through the roof with audiences and the box office.

The sequel to 1986’s “Top Gun,” which was once released in the summer of 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will finally open in theaters on Friday, May 27.

“Top Gun: Maverick” had its world premiere aboard an aircraft carrier in San Diego, California, last week, and press screenings have already begun.

“Thirty-six years later and here we are. It’s surreal,” said Tom Cruise at the world premiere.

Box office projections for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

“Top Gun: Maverick” should generate between $280 million and $395 million in total domestic box office, according to Shawn Robbins of Boxoffice Pro, which does screenings for US theatrical exhibitors, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“That would put the film solidly in the top five highest-grossing films projected for the summer,” the article said.

What is ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ about?

Cruise, 59, returns in his role as the great Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell more than 30 years after the original story to train a group of young fighter pilots for a special mission. Among the pilots is Lt. Bradley Bradshaw, call sign “Rooster,” played by Miles Teller, the son of Mitchell’s late friend, Lt. Nick “Goose” Bradshaw.

The film’s star-studded cast includes Val Kilmer, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Glen Powell, Charles Parnell, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Barbaro, Lewis Pullman, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, and Greg Tarzan Davis.

Jennifer Connelly stars in “Top Gun: Maverick.” The show opens in theaters on May 27.

What do critics and reviews say about ‘Top Gun: Maverick’?

Mark Kennedy of The Associated Press called the film “a textbook example of how to do a sequel.”

“’Top Gun: Maverick’ satisfies one foot in the past by hitting all the touchstones of the first film,” Kennedy wrote, “yet it stands on its own. It’s not burdened by its past as the latest ‘Ghostbusters’ sequel, but is elevated by using the latter to answer and echo the problems with the former.”

Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times said that “clearly a lot of thought and calculation has gone into this blockbuster sequel.”

“‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is a longer, more expensive and considerably larger adventure, and its greater emotional scope and lofty production values ​​(including a score by the original film’s composer Harold Faltermeyer) lend it an elegant sheen and elegiac,” Chang wrote. . “As a rare big-budget Hollywood movie about flying men and women without capes, it has a lot riding on it. Once slated for a summer 2020 release but delayed nearly two years by the pandemic, it arrives with the hopes and dreams of a tentatively resurgent industry that could use a non-Marvel theatrical hit.”

Mark Feeney of the Boston Globe: “Speed ​​is one thing. Clarity is another. ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ has both.”

Miles Teller stars in

Miles Teller stars in “Top Gun: Maverick.” The show opens in theaters on May 27.

The New Yorker’s Anthony Lane: “The fact is, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ works. Designed to persuade a crowd of viewers to collectively and involuntarily raise their fists, it far surpasses the original, while retaining an old-fashioned virtue: the elevated action takes place against real skies, rather than giant blobs of CGI”.

Tomris Laffly of RogerEbert.com: “The authentic work that went into each frame is generously displayed. … As the jets cut through the atmosphere and skim the target ground in hurried motions, the sensation they generate feels miraculous and worthy of the biggest screen one can find.”

Screenrant.com’s Ben Kendrick said the wait for “Top Gun: Maverick” was worth it.

“’Maverick’ takes everything that worked in the original Tony Scott movie and turns up the volume,” Kendrick wrote. “The result is a film that simultaneously nods to nostalgia, honoring the ‘Top Gun legacy,’ while opening up the series’ mythology by introducing new heroes and blockbuster modern effects that deliver an emotionally rich and exciting journey. frenetic. Coming 26 years after the first movie, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ is a rare sequel that’s not only better than the original, but throws back ‘Top Gun’. completely deeper story.”

“Top Gun: Maverick” is rated PG-13 for “intense action sequences and strong language.” Duration: 131 minutes.

Tom Cruise leads an all-star cast in

Tom Cruise leads an all-star cast in “Top Gun: Maverick.” The show opens in theaters on May 27.

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