Critics have praised the return of Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick, calling it a “barrier-breaking sequel” to the original 1986 fighter pilots movie.
Cruise reprises his starring role from one of the biggest movies of the 1980s, as hotshot US Navy pilot Maverick.
The Independent called it “as thrilling as blockbusters get”, praising it as a “true legacy sequel”.
The Telegraph called it “absurdly exciting” and “unquestionably the best studio action film in years”.
Jennifer Connolly, Jon Hamm, Monica Barbaro, Danny Ramirez, Val Kilmer, and Ed Harris appear alongside Cruise in the film, which is released in cinemas later this month.
Whiplash star Miles Teller plays Rooster – the son of Maverick’s former partner Goose. Now a pilot himself, Rooster blames Maverick for his father’s death in an accident in the first film.
The sequel sees Maverick return to the Top Gun flying academy – this time as an instructor in charge of training a new generation of pilots.
Top Gun: Maverick was originally scheduled to be released in 2019 but was delayed so the crew could finish work on the flight sequences. It was then further delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.