Top Gun: Maverick has had a long journey to cinema screens, 36 years since the iconic original hit cinema screens the sequel finally flies into cinemas after a delay of three years due to the COVID pandemic.

Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (Tom Cruise), after more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, is now a test pilot. When someone or some country, the exact identity is never made clear, unlike the original where the Russians were enemy. This time Top Gun: Maverick plays safe and just has the adversary as some nameless and faceless country. After the bad guys have built an underground nuclear plant Maverick finds himself back in the same Top Gun training school we all remember from all these years ago. Here he’s tasked with training a new generation of the navy’s top pilots. Their mission to fly at low level in the mountains and destroy the said nuclear plant.

Just to add some tension one of the pilots is Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign "Rooster", the son of Maverick's late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka "Goose".

You could never describe Top Gun (1986) as having a great story but thankfully the same can’t be said of Top Gun: Maverick. Its plot, which has more than a striking similarity to a plot from a certain Star Wars film, is more substantial than the original and thanks in no small part to better characters, Jennifer Connelly shines as Mavericks love interest whilst Jon Hamm plays the bad tempered base commander and Val Kilmer reprises his role as “Iceman”, Top Gun: Maverick is just about better in every way than its predecessor.

With terrific flying sequences and nostalgia by the bucket load Top Gun: Maverick has set a high bench mark for other blockbuster films due over the summer.

Highly recommended and not to be missed.


Top Gun: Maverick

Director: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris

UK Release: Cinemas 25th May 2022
US Release: Cinemas 27th May 2022