Top Gun: Maverick (2023)

#10. Top Gun: Maverick

"A Friday night popcorn flick that fires on all afterburners, it's a well-executed, highly conventional movie that knows who it is, and never tries to be something it's not."

A highly anticipated sequel to a beloved original, led, carried, and brought into existence by one of the Last Great Movie Stars of our time, Top Gun: Maverick is a true Hollywood blockbuster in every sense of the word.

A Friday night popcorn flick that fires on all afterburners, it's a well-executed, highly conventional movie that knows who it is, and never tries to be something it's not.

I remember opening night like it was yesterday:  every possible seat in the theater sold out, USA USA chants, guys wearing aviators and every variant of the US flag made for clothing that you could possibly imagine.  It felt like Fourth of July in the 90s, and it's rare to have a film that could match that energy.

 

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