New release Top Gun: Maverick
”After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is right where he belongs, being a brave test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.”
The first Top Gun was released in 1986 and starred Tom Cruise, then 24 years old. The actor is now 59. 35 years after the first film, Top Gun: Maverick, directed by Joseph Kosinski, arrives in theaters.
With a solid budget of 170 million dollars, the film is extremely well on its way to paying for itself (110 million accumulated in only a few days of exploitation) and reinforces Tom Cruise’s unshakeable status in the world of action cinema.
It is the biggest Memorial Day weekend in terms of audience in the United States. Top Gun: Maverick surpassed Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($114.7M in 2007) and X-Men: The Last Stand ($102.7M in 2006).
The worldwide receipts of Top Gun 2 amount for the moment to 260 million dollars, it is the best result at the beginning of the career of a film by the American actor. A score that confirms that, 36 years later, Pete ‘Maverick’ has not aged a bit!
The film obtained the “Fresh” certification from Rotten Tomatoes with a whopping 97% of positive opinions. On CinemaScore, it was given an A+ (the best) rating, against a simple B+ for Multiverse of Madness.
As for IMDB, it is the note of 8.7/10 which is attributed to the feature film. Nobody seems to be against the praise.
From a shooting point of view Tom Cruise insisted on filming all his flight scenes on board the cockpit of a real fighter plane, and his young partners too. This required a long preparation. For Tom Cruise, it all really (re)begins on September 7, 2018, when he goes to the Miramar military base, where a large part of Top Gun had been shot in the spring of 1985. Not so much for a pilgrimage as to take classes.
The actor is indeed following an ASTC (Aviation Survival Training Curriculum), a program necessary to qualify for the long flight sequences aboard F/A-18 of the American Navy, a condition on which he does not intend to compromise with this sequel. “From the beginning, I told the studio that if I was going to be involved in this film, we would have to shoot everything in practice. I’ll be in that F/A-18, period,” says the principal.