Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick ★★★½

Decent Hollywood blockbuster entertainment, is that you knocking at my door?

Must be, because Top Gun: Maverick really fills the gap this summer had of decent popcorn movies. I’ve never been a fan of the original Top Gun (I’m more of a Hot Shots! kind of gal), and even then, I can’t deny I had a really good time watching this. The nostalgia (which, even for a movie I didn’t particularly enjoy, worked well) kicks in at just the right moments, the flight scenes are elating, and Miles Teller doesn’t come across as a complete asshole (movie making magic right there).

Cinematography, especially in the flight scenes, is top notch. You can almost feel a gush of wind rushing past you whenever those planes get airborne and start flipping about. It’s an advantage of favouring practical over CGI – it really brings a sense of realness, of danger, to the screen. And the way it was used and filmed made even the person least interested in fighter jets ever – me – follow along with excitement.

It's not a movie-making masterpiece - it’s still an action movie deeply rooted in nostalgia for times gone by and in cheesy emotional moments that you can see from a mile away - but I don’t think anyone goes in looking for that. You go in looking for some thrills, and you get them. And it feels good, because the movie doesn’t play its viewers down and just gets serious about entertaining them.

All in all, it’s a fun popcorn summer movie, which is more than can be said for a lot of other big movies this year (yes, Jurassic World: Dominion, I’m looking at you).

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