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Tom Cruise flys to the top of the box office in “Top Gun: Maverick.”
Tom Cruise flys to the top of the box office in “Top Gun: Maverick.”
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(Exciting sequel)

It has been 26 years since we saw Tom Cruise piloting a jet.

Many of the movie-goers watching “Top Gun: Maverick” had not even been born.

Cruise is back as Pete Mitchell. The world has changed. Warfare has changed. His Maverick style has not.

Pete is still as cocky and arrogant as ever. He is also still the same rank of captain and has been grounded.

The Navy finds itself in a precarious position, attempting to fly into enemy territory under adverse conditions and drop a bomb at a strategic location.

Maverick is called, thinking he is to lead the team, but learns that his job is only to train them.

There are subplots, which include making amends with a son (Miles Teller) whose father died under Pete’s command; a renewed love affair with an old flame (Jennifer Connelly); defying his superior officers; and facing an old rival (Val Kilmer).

The story is a bit corny, predictable and manipulative, but it still works. You are drawn into the characters who face death with the dangers of their mission.

Beyond the characters and their individual stories and personalities lies the gripping excitement of the training and eventually the do or die mission.

We saw the movie in the Warwick Showcase XPlus theatre with its wall-to-wall huge screen and incredible stereo sound.

Lying back in the comfortable seats, you could literally feel the sounds of the F-18s vibrating against your body.

It costs a bit more, but it is worth it to be fully immersed in the action. The sounds and sights of the jets maneuvering are incredible. The scenery from the pilots’ perspective is breathtaking.

Cruise, and all the actors, are convincing in their roles, making you feel and care for them.

Don’t miss this one!

Rated PG-13 with some profanity. You would curse, too, if you were in the pilot’s seat.

The two hours and ten minutes just fly by.


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