By comparison, the highest-grossing release of 2022 to date, “The Batman,” has an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is the best RT score of any major domestic box office hit this year. Among the rest of the top five biggest movies of the year, “The Lost City” has a critical rating of 79%, while “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” has 74%. “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” was positively reviewed by 68% of critics and “Uncharted” finished with a terrible 41%. Critics are significantly more gaga over “Top Gun: Maverick” than one of the year’s most lucrative films to date, and the film also seems to be scoring well with audiences. In a cinema landscape that is unstable at best, this sounds like quite the resounding win for everyone involved.
“Top Gun: Maverick” follows a new crop of fighter-pilot crews as they train under Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise), who still stubbornly remains in the air and his superiors’ attempts to get him a job on the ground to give evades . Among them is Lieutenant Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of Maverick’s late bestie Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (played by Anthony Edwards in the original 1986 film).
It took Cruise more than 30 years to reconnect to the F-18 for one last ride, but it sounds like the actor came out on a sequel that lives up to the original in every way while showing a new side of a well-known story. “The film serves as a Maverick-esque act of rebellion against the very concept of time itself,” writes Ben Pearson in his /Film review, “and a celebration of Cruise’s continued commitment to risking his life on screen for our entertainment. “
“Top Gun: Maverick” will hit theaters on May 27, 2022. Select locations will also offer early screenings on May 24, 2022.