We have been waiting decades for this ‘Top Gun‘ sequel, and now finally, the wait is almost over. ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ is scheduled to hit a theater near you on May 24, which is just two weeks away.
Critics were able to catch early screenings of the film, and let’s just say, most of them are going crazy over it. The movie currently sits at a comfortable 81 score on Metacritic, which is enough to earn the “universal acclaim” badge.
A number of critics have given the film a perfect rating, including Empire’s Ian Freer, who wrote:
Avoiding the danger zone of mere retread, Kosinski and co deliver all the Top Gun feels and then some: slick visuals, crew camaraderie, thrilling aerial action, a surprising emotional wallop and, in Tom Cruise, a magnetic movie-star performance as comforting as an old leather jacket. Punching the air is mandatory.
Another top critic, Tomris Laffly, from RogerEbert.com gave the film a perfect rating. Laffly wrote:
As the jets cut through the atmosphere and brush their target soils in close-shave movements—all coherently edited by Eddie Hamilton—the sensation they generate feels miraculous and worthy of the biggest screen one can possibly find. Equally worthy of that big screen is the emotional strokes of ‘Maverick’ that pack an unexpected punch.
Some critics are even calling Cruise’s performance one of the best of his career, which is saying a lot because the dude has starred in a lot of great films.
I have no shame in admitting my love for the original ‘Top Gun’ flick, so I can’t wait to check out the sequel. CRITICS GOT ME PUMPED!
Fans of the 1986 film Top Gun have to be getting a little annoyed by now. They have been teased for decades with promises of a sequel to their favorite film. And there have been a few times where it actually seemed like a sequel was imminent, but then something would happen and we wouldn’t hear about it again for a few more years.
Hopefully this time is different, but we’re not getting our hopes up. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer posted a photo with Tom Cruise on his Twitter account earlier this week.
And he captioned the lovely photo with, “Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend @TomCruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2.”
What a tease, right? But honestly, it does feel like a sequel might actually happen this time. Skydance CEO David Ellison confirmed last year that the project was being developed. He revealed there was “an amazing role for Maverick” while talking with Collider.
“Justin Marks is writing the screenplay right now. He has a phenomenal take to really update that world for what fighter pilots in the Navy has turned into today.”
We’ll see what happens. At least we know there are face-to-face meetings happening. That has to be a good sign.
Did you hear all the screaming yesterday? Top Gun star Val Kilmer caused a disturbance on Facebook Tuesday when he shared a post claiming he was a lock to return to his role of Iceman in Top Gun 2.
He revealed that he just got offered the role and said “yes” without even reading the script. Kilmer also gave examples of other things he’d automatically say “yes” to, not realizing that would confuse people and make them believe the fine folks mentioned in his Facebook post would also be working on the sequel.
The post was shared over 1,000 times in just one hour and several websites picked up the story, but no one knew exactly what Mr. Kilmer meant. Did he just confirm that Top Gun 2 was locked and loaded? Ready to go? WOULD FILMING START NEXT WEEK?
No, no, no! The 55-year-old actor jumped back on his Facebook page to clear up the confusion, “Being offered a role is very different from doing a role. [It’s] an innocent mistake. It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent.” He wrote.
He also made it clear that Gene and Francis aren’t involved…
So what does this all mean? It means we are that much closer to a sequel. Kilmer being offered the role is a very good sign. Tom Cruise has not publicly accepted a role to return; however, we know there won’t be a sequel without him. The production company handling the film has already said, “There is no Top Gun without Maverick.”
Justin Marks (The Jungle Book) has been working hard on the script, and everyone seems pleased with what he has created so far. Things are looking good for a sequel.
Tom Cruise is ready to take our breath away once again. Even though he’s currently promoting his new Mission: Impossible movie, the 53-year-old actor seemed excited to step back for a moment to talk about Top Gun 2, the sequel that has been on and off more times than Lieutenant Dan trying to ride a mechanical bull.
While talking with Extra, Mr. Cruise said he would love to film the sequel, but only if the jets were real…
“I’d like to fly those jets again. But we’ve got to do all the jets practical. No CGI on the jets. I remember when I did the first one, I said ‘Look, in my contract I had to have three flights in the F-14.’ And it had to be in the film, a shot from that. So we had to film it. And luckily they wanted me bad enough to do it, so I was able to do that. I’m saying right now – no CGI on the jets.”
Of course. Would you expect anything less from Tom Freakin’ Cruise? The man is insane. But still, don’t get too excited for this sequel. A lot of important people in Hollywood have been trying to make this thing happen for years now.
Producer David Ellison did reveal recently that a new screenplay for the sequel was in development, with unmanned drones replacing the pilots…
There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie, and there is no Top Gun without Maverick.
We’ll keep you posted. And if you need some Tom Cruise in your life right now, be sure to check out Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation in theaters this Friday!