Top Gun: Maverick

Published August 27, 2022

Top Gun: Maverick

Film info

  • Title Top Gun: Maverick
  • Director Joseph Kosinski
  • Year 2022
  • Run time 2hrs 11m
  • Genres Drama, Action
  • Tagline Feel the need... the need for speed

After more than thirty years of service as a top naval aviator, Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot. Yet, Maverick must confront the ghosts of his past when he returns to Top Gun to train a group of elite graduates and comes face to face with Lt. Bradshaw, the son of his former wingman 'Goose'. Bitter rivalries ignite as the pilots prepare for a specialised mission which will require the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it.

Live blog

Time Comment
0:49 “They flyers call it…” GODZILLA.
2:39 I don’t enjoy the air traffic control just in a little hole in the ground.
9:46 “Earth ballage.”
11:38 What is the point of going this fast though?
12:49 How can you eject at Mach 10 and survive?
23:38 Love that Iceman keeps bailing him out of trouble.
26:00 Oh man, Bob is adorable.
33:04 Should come with a trigger warning ref Goose’s death, to be honest.
37:46 200 pushups!
46:28 “I don’t sail boats, Penny, I land on them.”
56:18 OMG Val Kilmer ❤️
1:07:52 His bike was out front too, I’m sure the kid would have seen that.
1:09:18 This is so Death Star.
1:22:07 Isn’t Maverick just proving here that they should get him to do it?
1:23:46 Oh they are getting him to do it. Goodo!
1:30:59 I wonder if there are any CGI effects in this. Cruise’ll just do anything.
1:35:15 No one mentioned the viaduct to deal with.
1:41:20 Does the navy not go in for ’no man left behind’ like the army does?
1:56:20 Chad Radwell saves the day!!!


This was SO GOOD. A score out of five doesn’t do it justice because it was off the scale. It’s such an impressive feat to have an original movie from so long ago that is so well respected and liked, and a cultural phenomenon… that one totally stood the test of time when I watched it for the first time 26 years after release… and now it has been followed by a sequel that is as good, if not better than the original.

It’s a great drama, there’s plenty of nostalgia but not so much that it overshadows the current mission, everything in there is legit and stands up - getting Tom Cruise back in an F14 in a plausible way was no mean feat. And it was a rollercoaster mission that had us absolutely cheering by the end. I loved it!

Rating: 5 / 5

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