Thirty-six years after the release of Top Gun (Tony Scott, 1986), and twelve years since Paramount Pictures began developing the idea for the continuation of the story for the 1986 highest-grossing film, Tom Cruise is back in the sequel to Top Gun, Top Gun.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski – who previously directed Cruise for Oblivion (2013), this film is presented with an execution that feels much grander than its predecessor. In fact, with the story script written by Christopher McQuarrie – who now seems to be Cruise’s mainstay collaborator after serving as scriptwriter, director, and producer for films such as Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman, 2014), Jack Reacher: Never Go Back ( Edward Zwick, 2016), The Mummy (Alex Kurtzman, 2017), and the two Mission: Impossible series directed by McQuarrie, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) and Mission: Impossible: Fallout (2018) – with Ehren Kruger (Ghost in the Shell, 2017) and Eric Warren Singer (Only the Brave, 2017), Top Gun: Maverick managed to present themselves in an increasingly solid story quality setting.
Following the release date of the film, the storyline of Top Gun: Maverick is also set three decades after the conflicts narrated in Top Gun. Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise) is assigned by his superior, Vice Admiral Beau “Cyclone” Simpson (Jon Hamm), to train a group of young fighter pilots who are top graduates of TOPGUN – the US Navy’s fighter pilot training program. Union – and preparing them to be involved in a special mission that Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell judged was very dangerous for pilots who still lacked experience. Among the ranks of young pilots he trains, lies the name of Lieutenant Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller) who is also the son of Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell’s best friend, LTJG Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards), who still feels that Captain Pete ” Maverick” Mitchell is responsible for his father’s death.
With a gap of 36 years between this film and its predecessor, Top Gun: Maverick’s story script seems to be built on the essence of the characterization and story conflict that used to bring Top Gun to life. Starting from the character Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is still depicted as a figure who always dares to oppose every decision of his superiors but always acts for the safety of his team members, the rivalry between the character Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and Lieutenant Tom “Iceman” Kazansky (Val Kilmer) who formerly filling Top Gun’s timeline is now replicated by the rivalry between Lieutenant Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw and Lieutenant Jake “Hangman” Seresin (Glen Powell), to the volleyball match scene which was once so popular (and has become a joke) thanks to its strong homoerotic impression. then replaced with a football match scene for this film. A clear familiar impression will be able to immediately build a nostalgic feel for Top Gun connoisseurs but will still be able to captivate audiences who come from the latest generation.
Apart from a number of familiar touches, the Top Gun: Maverick story script is still able to provide qualified characterizations for the characters that appear in the storyline, especially, of course, the character of Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. Desperation and courage in acting are indeed attached to his character, but the script of this film also presents a number of dimensions of attitude for the character played by Cruise which is then able to bring emotional moments to the storyline of the film. Other characters around him are also given a capable storytelling space. The conflict between Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell’s character and Lieutenant Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw regarding the death of LTJG character Nick “Goose” Bradshaw has been handled well. Together with the fabric of the romance that was formed between the character of Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell with the character of Penelope Benjamin (Jennifer Connelly) as well as the building of the story of cooperation and the sense of brotherhood that was then formed between the characters, this film’s line of conflicts managed to give soul to the narrative of the drama Top Gun. : Maverick.
Top Gun: Maverick, of course, isn’t about the human characters. The action processing that comes from the story plot about a military mission provides an opportunity for Kosinski to show off his skills in processing and executing a series of amazing action scenes which is clearly one of the flagship presentations in the Top Gun film series. Forget about military mission plots that often feel immersed in confusing flight terms and appear
thanks to its shallow development. The plot is at least an intermediary for the presence of many action scenes that will succeed in flying every audience in a strong sense of suspense. Kosinski executed with class in a very classy audio and visual arrangement.
Cruise is one of Hollywood’s mainstay stars who always seems to know the best elements in his acting skills. In Top Gun: Maverick, Cruise once again demonstrates his shrewdness, making the tough character of his character so easy to steal sympathy and can even bring to life many of the dramatic components of the film’s storyline. Connelly’s, Teller’s, Powell’s, Hamm’s, to Ed Harris’ performances do provide solid support for the quality of the film’s acting department’s performances, but Cruise’s appearance and charisma are clearly in a class that grabs full attention. Top Gun: Maverick also provides a small space in its storytelling for the character of Admiral Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, played by Kilmer. Minimalist, simple, but shaped with a touch of story sensitivity that is so emotional.
op Gun: Maverick (2022)
Directed by Joseph Kosinski Written by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay), Peter Craig, Justin Marks (story), Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr. (characters) Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, David Ellison Starring Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer, Monica Barbaro, Charles Parnell, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Greg Tarzan Davis, Manny Jacinto, Jack Schumacher, Bashir Salahuddin, Jake Picking, Raymond Lee, Kara Wang, Lyliana Wray, Jean Louisa Kelly, Chelsea Harris, Bob Stephenson, Anthony Edwards, Meg Ryan, Kelly McGillis Cinematography Claudio Miranda Edited by Eddie Hamilton Music by Harold Faltermeyer, Lady Gaga, Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe Production companies Skydance Media/Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films Running time 131 minutes Country United States Language English