Top Gun: Maverick review: Thrilling nostalgia with superfast planes

A high octane mix of war, techno thrills and sports movie, Top Gun: Maverick devotes itself to nostalgia in a well-told tale of misunderstanding and redemption – and superfast planes

Humans 8 June 2022

Tom Cruise plays Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick from Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise), steely eyed in an F/A-18 combat jet

Paramount Pictures

Top Gun: Maverick

Joseph Kosinski

Out now

NEAR the climax of Joseph Kosinski’s delirious sequel to 1986 hit Top Gun, a state-of-the-art, fifth-generation fighter plane engages Pete “Maverick” Mitchell’s aircraft in a dogfight around snow-capped mountains. Suddenly, the huge, hulking wonderplane banks, stalls and turns, hanging over Mav (Tom Cruise, even more steely eyed than usual) and his wingman Rooster (Miles Teller) as though it is painted on the sky.

“What the fuck was that?” Rooster cries, although an actual graduate of TOPGUN (official name, …

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