Tom Cruise gets critical acclaim for ‘Top Gun’ sequel
Tom Cruise promotes the film at events around the world
It took 36 years for Tom Cruise to return to the danger zone, and film critics said on Thursday that seeing “Top Gun” again on the big screen was well worth the wait.
The sequel to the 1986 blockbuster, titled “Top Gun: Maverick,” received a 96% positive rating from 76 critics.
The movie will hit theaters on May 27.
In the movie, 59-year-old Cruise reprises his role as Pete Mitchell, an arrogant Navy pilot who never rises through the ranks because of his penchant for authority. Mitchell, codenamed Maverick, is tasked with training a group of young fighter pilots for a special mission.
Mark Kennedy of the Associated Press described the new film as “a classic example of how to make a sequel.”
“The movie satisfies with a foot in the past, touching all the cornerstones of the first movie,” Kennedy said, “and yet it stands on its own.”
Box office analysts predict that the film will be among the biggest blockbusters of the summer. Its debut was scheduled for June 2020, but was delayed several times during the COVID-19 pandemic.
BoxOffice Pro principal analyst Shawn Robbins forecasts ticket sales to reach $100 million during Memorial Day weekend in the United States and Canada. This would make him the highest-grossing start in Cruise’s career.
The actor promotes the film at events around the world. During a premiere in San Diego, he made his grand entrance by piloting a helicopter aboard an aircraft carrier. It will attend a screening at the Cannes Film Festival in France next week.
Critics said the film offered thrilling flight sequences, a compelling story, and strong performances from the supporting cast, including Miles Teller, who played the son of Maverick’s partner Goose, who died in the original film.
But most of the praise went to Cruise.
Rolling Stone’s K. Austin Collins wrote, “A shiny new face on the original… driven by a star who, like the original, will never stop being a star.”