Top Gun: Maverick sells itself as a sequel to the original movie. However, it’s basically the same movie with new cast and better executed scenes.
I don’t remember much from the first movie but I do remember that I enjoyed it. And to be honest, I had the same feeling here. Going in, I was skeptical. Going out, it was a mixed bag.
Let’s be real, the only reason Paramount greenlit this movie is their need to restart whatever Intellectual Property they own to funnel it to Paramount+. However, they could have done a better job.
Even though Maverick is sold as a sequel, it’s technically not. The movie uses the same exact template with almost the same exact plot from the original one. Instead of aging the main characters and continuing their stories, the majority of this cast is an extra to Tom Cruise, and that’s a bad thing.
Yes, the movie has some amazing flight scenes mixed with great audio compositions, but that’s pretty much it. Cruise still doesn’t know how to act, and his movies are always the same. The dramatic thread is a copy in every single one, with bigger stunts. That’s it.
Paramount could have ignored Cruise in this movie, and it would have made it much better. We need fresh ideas, fresh faces and fresh movies, not recycled stories and cast. Maverik even uses the same template from the original movie, in the same exact order, with almost the same dramatic reasoning for F*** sake. Bros at flight academy, bros half naked on the beach, bros flying.
Not to diminish the talents of the new cast. From Miles Teller to Monica Barbaro, Lewis Pullman, Jay Ellis and Glen Powell. They all were amazing. But they just didn’t have room to breathe when the whole movie is engineering around an egocentric talentless actor.
Should you watch it?
You might enjoy the movie especially if you’re a fan of the original one. Just don’t expect anything groundbreaking or special.
Where can I watch it?
Top Gun: Maverick is now streaming on Paramount Plus.