Heyden Kudelko – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – 2022’s “Top Gun – Maverick” exceeds expectations set by the cult classic “Top Gun,” which flew into theatres in 1986.

Tom Cruise reprised his role as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the new movie, as well as teaching new faces of the ensemble cast such as Miles Teller how to fly and to be the best of the best.

The movie takes an interesting approach from the original.  Maverick is now asked to teach new recruits at the US Navy’s “top Gun” flight instruction program.  One of those recruits (Teller) is “Rooster,” the son of Cruise’s deceased former partner, Bradley “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards), which creates tension between the two.

The film goes extra lengths to show that Maverick is still holding on to the death of Goose; he was never able to rise in rank and spends most of his days trying to break speed records.

Compared it to the 1986 original, the film’s dogfighting scenes have seen lots of technological advancements, showcasing newer plans and techniques.

The advanced cinematography makes the film look brighter and better as cinematographer Claudio Mirando makes every scene look cohesive and reminiscent of the original.

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This film was rumored to be in the works since 2010 and it has already become the best and highest grossing of 2022. Director Joseph Kosinski took advantage of being behind the directors’ chair, showcasing the drama and tension of flying a high-powered aircraft.

This movie focuses a lot more on Maverick than the first film, and highlights how he still can’t get over the death of Goose, but the movie highlights how he deals with grief and guilt by reconnecting with Rooster and teaching the students of Top Gun.

All in all, this movie is a must see and has become the highest grossing of not just Cruise’s Hollywood career, but also the highest grossing movie of 2022 so far.