Over the Memorial Day weekend, my wife and I went to see Top Gun Maverick, the sequel to Top Gun that has finally been released after being delayed from theaters by the pandemic.  Our review is two thumbs up, five stars, and a must-see.

The plot includes both a new role for Maverick back at Top Gun, having the son of his former deceased backseat from the first movie a member of the team he is training, and of course, lots of action and afterburners from airplanes.  It is a fun picture for an airplane geek to watch, even though we know very well that today’s dogfights with fifth-generation aircraft would occur from a hundred miles away rather than close up.  But that’s cinematic license and makes for a more interesting storyline – that it’s all about the pilot.  And Tom Cruise and the Top Gun team are those pilots.

The movie has a bit of everything, including characters from the original Top Gun, interesting sub-plots, love interests, and the appropriately named Maverick for his exploits that have prevented his rise above the rank of Captain after so many years as a naval aviator.  It is a fast paced movie that captures your interest quickly, and I had zero looks at my watch during the picture, which for me is a rarity.  It is simply that good and very entertaining. 

I don’t want to be a spoiler, so I won’t say any more about what happens in the picture, but in my book, this is a must-see film for 2022, particularly for aviation geeks.  Apparently, my $7 was a drop in the bucket as the picture grossed $156 million over the holiday weekend.  From Lady Gaga’s singing to the excellent cinematography, this was a movie that both critics and audiences should love. It is Oscar-worthy in several aspects.

For those that haven’t seen the movie, here’s a link to the trailer.  

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Ernest Arvai
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President AirInsight Group LLC

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