We are weeks away from the launch of Top Gun: Maverick and this review is honestly one of the hardest we’ve every written. Why? Because we love Top Gun. We love it so much, we can quote just about any line of dialogue from start to finish. But love, like any other passion, is double edged. It means that any follow-ups that bear the name have incredibly high hurdles to clear. Top Gun: Maverick clears many of these hurdles with ease: Does it feature that iconic introduction complete with those unmistakable anthems? Yes. (Plural because Kenny Login’s Danger Zone is as much an anthem as Harold Faltermeyer’s Top Gun anthem alright)
On March 3, 1969, the United States Navy established an elite school for the top one percent of its pilots. Its purpose was to teach the lost art of aerial combat and to ensure that the handful of men who graduated were the best pilots in the world. They succeeded.
Today, the Navy calls it Fighter Weapons school. The flyers call it…
Are there gripping aerial combat scenes which show pilots flying by the seat of their pants? Yes.
So what happened?
The Unbearable Weight of Tom Cruise’s Massive Talent
Gentlemen, this school is about combat.