Movie critics rave about Tom Cruise’s return in sequel

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It took Tom Cruise 36 years to return to the danger zone to bring a “Top Gun” sequel to the screen, and early reviews from film critics said it was worth the wait.

“Top Gun: Maverick” earned a 96% positive rating on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes from 57 reviews as of Thursday. The film opens in theaters on May 27.

Cruise returns in the film as Pete Mitchell, the arrogant Navy pilot, codenamed Maverick, who has never risen through the ranks due to his penchant for defying authority.

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Mark Kennedy of the Associated Press called the film “a textbook example of how to make a sequel”. “The film satisfies with one foot in the past by hitting all the touchstones of the first film,” Kennedy said, “and yet it stands on its own.”

Box office analysts project the Paramount Pictures film to be one of the biggest box office hits of the summer.

The film was scheduled to be released in June 2020, but Paramount delayed its debut several times during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Critics said the film offers exciting flight scenes, an emotional story and strong performances from the supporting cast, including Miles Teller, who plays the son of Goose, Maverick’s sidekick who died in the original 1986 film.
But most of the praise was reserved for Cruise.

“It’s a renewed gloss on the original… buoyed, like the original, by a star who will simply never stop being a star,” wrote K. Austin Collins of Rolling Stone.

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Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly said that the film “belongs to Cruise in almost every scene”.

“At this point in his career, he’s not really playing characters but variations on a theme, the theme being, perhaps, The Last Movie Star,” he said. “And in the air up there, he is alone.”



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