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Top Gun Maverick Soars High On Tom Cruise’s Shoulders

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of TOPGUN graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.” Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

The Good:

First off, there is no Top Gun: Maverick without the essence of Tom Cruise. His charisma and intensity were the driving force of the entire movie. The camera loves him, and he always captivates your attention whenever he’s on screen. I noticed how seamlessly he could be in the middle of a fun scene (e.g., at the Bar) and shift right into the dramatic moments as he dealt with the trauma of Maverick’s past. Cruise’s performance essentially held emotions captive because wherever he went with the role, audiences were sure to connect and follow.