Top Gun: Maverick is an out-of-bounds blast of afterburner fumes and thrill-seeker highs that’s sure to please audiences looking for a classic summer blockbuster. Director Joseph Kosinski doesn’t lose the ’80s nostalgia of movies that were light on reason and huge on chest-beating heroism.
The fresh graduate faces are all aces, fighter jet choreography exceptional, and pursuit of excitement at Mach levels. It’s never an exceptionally thoughtful movie about pilots pushed to the brink by Naval command. Still, it doesn’t have to be when an insatiable need for speed propels action sequences. Top Gun: Maverick is good ol’ cheesy as hell, silly-heroic entertainment with mile-high enthusiasm – a welcome throwback to simpler cinematic times.