Superior to its predecessor in almost every conceivable way, Top Gun: Maverick strikes a near perfect balance between heart, humor and jaw-dropping spectacle to earn its wings as a bona fide blockbuster. The movie pays tasteful homage to the 1986 original but establishes enough new emotional stakes to feel independent of it, and director Joseph Kosinski – aided by the indomitable star power of Tom Cruise – delivers a string of aerial stunt sequences that truly raise the bar for edge-of-your-seat action.
- +Stunning aerial action
- +Meaningful emotional stakes
- +Engaging performances
- +Thrilling soundtrack
Not that what it offers is in anyway stuck in an era gone by – the film flies confidently and sturdily to deliver a crackling good mainstream movie experience.
Top Gun: Maverick spoiler-free review: A worthy return to the danger zone