Going to the movie theater has always been one of my favorite past times. Yet, as streaming services and ticket prices rise, going to the theater seems like it’s reserved more for special occasions. Top Gun: Maverick is not just one of those special occasions, but one you must experience in IMAX.
Filmed almost entirely with IMAX cameras, the experience of watching this thing in an IMAX theater is on par with seeing ‘Avatar’ in 3D or the first time you experienced those IMAX shots in ‘The Dark Knight’. In other words, getting to see this thing on an IMAX screen is a once in a lifetime experience and you can never possibly experience it the same way at home. This is a must see in theaters!
Now, plenty of movies have been filmed with IMAX cameras at this point, but the special thing about this one is that they put these cameras on real fighter planes and placed real actors inside those planes. This creates an intense realism that is unmatched by any other fighter pilot film to ever grace the silver screen. The sound, editing, and cinematography are as perfect as you could possibly ask for. And when they are experienced on the big screen it is a roller coaster ride of adrenaline.
Yet, none of this would matter if we didn’t care what was happening on the screen. Luckily, everyone involved in this has brought their “A” game. The basic outline of the plot is slim, but the meat and potatoes of this story is where it is at. Every actor on the screen gets a chance to have a blast and do some really good work. Special kudos to Miles Teller and Jennifer Connolly for infusing thin roles with a lot of depth.
Still, it’s Tom Cruise reprising his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell that truly steals this show. At this point, Cruise might be the only real movie star left in Hollywood. Every one of his movies are an event that you should schedule time to see. And he makes sure that you feel that nobody else could be playing his role.
Lastly, I can’t leave off the impression that Val Kilmer makes in this movie. His sequence is much more than a one scene cameo. The character of “Iceman” is a pivotal part of the plot and gives Maverick the motivation he needs to propel this story in the right direction. You also might find yourself a bit emotional watching Kilmer give what might be one of his final performances.
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