Cast: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, John Hamm, Glen Powell, Ed Harris
Written by Peter Craig, Justin Marks, Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, Christopher McQuarrie
Music by Harold Faltermeyer, Lady Gaga, Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe
Cinematography by Claudio Miranda
Directed by Joseph Kosinski
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, David Ellison
Top Gun Maverick is the sequel to the smash box office hit Top Gun that has achieved a cult status. It made Tom Cruise into a star and gave Val Kilmer the status he enjoys. Returning back to that set up and converting into a franchise with a new team is not easy. Tom Cruise returned to this franchise after he got convinced by the latest edition of the many scripts. Let’s see how good the movie is.
Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell has to train new bunch of Top Guns while he has to achieve an improbable mission with the help of the trainees. His issues with being a foster parent to “Rooster” surface and his relationship with Penelope “Penny” Benjamin needs to be sorted out as well. Whether he succeeds in over coming his issues and complete the mission forms the storyline.
The plot of the movie is designed to please action lovers more than the original Top Gun movie lovers. Tom Cruise’s persona as action star dominated screenplay more than the original and that can be considered as draw back. But the film’s clever usage of Val Kilmer’s real life issue in the film should be praised. Miles Teller, John Hamm, Jennifer Connelly give their best performances in the roles they have been offered.
Tom Cruise is a legend in action films and the start of his superstardom is aptly credited to Top Gun. Reprising that role, he just looked like he never aged from the original film, even in this sequel. Even after 36 years, he is able to maintain similar looks and that effort deserves credit. While those looks are praise-worthy and his dedication in stunts is visible, over reliance on stunts kills the engaging factor. Few sequences have been dragged out tasting audiences patience. Director Joseph Kosinski relied heavily on stunt work and tried to close some loose ends but the run time had to be crisper for the ambitions he had. Visuals and flight stunts needs to be praised for the stunning efforts put in by the crew. Film has its share of issues but you can give it a try if you like Tom Cruise and Top Gun film.
Tom Cruise and actors performances
Few extraordinary stunts
Dragged out action sequences
Bottomline: Only For Action Lovers
Rating: 2.25 / 5