What do critics say about “Top Gun: Maverick”, the sequel to the eighties film?

The film marks the return of the character that catapulted Tom Cruise to fame. (Paramount Pictures)

This week, Top Gun: Maverick finally hit theaters after experiencing multiple delays during production due to the pandemic crisis. This is the sequel to the classic Top Gun (1986), a blockbuster story that led to Tom Cruise to the highest point of recognition at an early stage of his artistic career. Three decades later, the actor returns in the role of Pete Maverick Mitchell, the skilled pilot of the United States military force, in a film directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy y Oblivion).

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In this sequel, the protagonist has become a navy test pilot, a job that he always considered ideal for him after the events he experienced in the first installment. Everything has changed in this long time, there hasn’t been a big war in years and the role of the aviators can now be performed by an intelligent and extremely modern drone. However, the great Maverick will prove that his talent and fearlessness cannot be replaced in any way. In addition to Cruise, the main cast includes Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Jon Hamm y Ed Harris.

“Top Gun: Maverick” premiered on May 26 in Latin America. (Paramount Pictures)

This is what the critics say about Top Gun: Maverick

David Ehrlich, de IndieWire: “And Top Gun it was a funny movie because it invented Tom Cruise, Maverick It’s a great movie because it immortalizes him.”

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David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter: “A superior sequel. […] It follows the original beat for beat, to a point that is almost comical. And yet, as formulaic as it is, there’s no denying that it offers both nostalgia and reinvention.”

Clarisse Loughrey, de Independent: “The movie is a true legacy sequel. In the tradition of Star Wars: The Force Awakensis a carefully reconstructed clone of its predecessor, designed not only to reflect changing tastes and attitudes, but also its star Tom Cruise’s rise to a level of fame that borders on the mythological. […] Top Gun: Maverick it’s as exciting as blockbusters.”

The aviator Maverick returns in a new adventure for fiction and dazzles -once again- with combat scenes in the air.  (Paramount Pictures)
The aviator Maverick returns in a new adventure for fiction and dazzles -once again- with combat scenes in the air. (Paramount Pictures)

Peter Debruge, de Variety: “The commitment to film practically everything feels like the avant-garde equivalent of Hell’s Angelsby Howard Hughes, a film that made history”.

Justin Chang, de Los Angeles Times: “Tony Scott fans may miss that edge of disrepute, the unrepentantly vulgar sensibility that made the Top Gun original a dreamy and voluptuous howl. […] Women are few and far between, and even the most prominent receive mostly perfunctory treatment.”

Matt Singer, de Screen Crush: “The fights, chases and mid-air sequences are really remarkable, much clearer and much more intense than anything in the game. Top Gun original. […] Tom Cruise remains deeply ambivalent about the notion of passing the torch to a new generation on screen, so Top Gun: Maverick remains focused on Maverick and his story, sometimes to the detriment of the young cast.”

official poster of "Top Gun: Maverick". (Paramount Pictures)
Official poster of “Top Gun: Maverick”. (Paramount Pictures)

Top Gun: Maverickwith the return of Tom Cruise, It is projected in theaters in Latin America from May 26.

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