The long-awaited “Top Gun: Maverick”, worn by the indefatigable Tom Cruise, is presented out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival. On this occasion, a brief overview of what the French press thinks…*
36 years later Top GunTom Cruise plays fighter pilot Pete Mitchell again in Top Gun: Mavericksequel to the cult film by Tony Scott. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, who had previously worked with the actor on oblivion, the film will be released in French theaters on May 25. But before, the blockbuster is presented out of competition at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. And the verdict is clear: Top Gun: Maverick has generally won over the French press, since its average peaks at 3.7/5 (for 10 media).
WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?
After being one of the US Navy’s top fighter pilots for over thirty years, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell continues to push his limits as a test pilot. He refuses to rise in rank, because it would force him to give up flying. He is tasked with training a detachment of young Top Gun school graduates for a special mission that no pilot would have ever imagined.
While on this mission, Maverick meets Lieutenant Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, the son of his late friend, navigator Nick “Goose” Bradshaw. Faced with an uncertain future, haunted by his ghosts, Maverick will have to face his worst nightmares during a mission that will require the greatest of sacrifices.
WHAT DOES THE PRESS THINK?
According to Cinemateaser:
“In this virtuoso show, obviously tailor-made for the (very) big screen, the Top Gun license finds an almost unprecedented legitimacy and finds a new youth: its last third plays skilfully with its recipes to make them mutate, as if still in Tom Cruise a little part of Ethan Hunt.” (Aurelien Allin) 4/5
According to Paris Match:
“The wait has been long, a generation has passed, but far from being just another comforter film to comfort a nostalgic audience, Top Gun: Maverick is also and above all a great action film to discover on the biggest screen possible. (Yannick Vely) 4/5
According to GQ:
“For those who wondered if this new installment could reproduce the magic of the original film, the show only needs a few minutes to prove it, even if it plays a score known in advance.” (Adam Sanchez) 4/5
According to The Cross:
“Very entertaining, the film still suffers from its advertising aesthetic intended to sell the American dream, if possible in front of a sunset on the beach.” (Stephane Dreyfus) 3/5
According to The Point:
“Nevertheless, Tom Cruise/Maverick has changed, has improved over time and gives the film a new flavor of adventure by mixing three elements that tilt: the action, with aerial scenes (without special effects) breathtaking, Kleenex romance and reflection on the meaning of life, friendship, sacrifice, heroism.” (Jean-Luc Wachthausen) 4/5
According to Le Parisien:
“In the end, this second part succeeds in being able to be appreciated both by those who were 15 years old in 1988 and by today’s teenagers.” (Renaud Baronian) 4/5
According to Telerama:
“This homage to retro 80s cinema emanates a certain jubilation. The training scenes and the mission in the canyon, at very low altitude, are reminiscent of the Death Star attack in Star Wars and are to be cut the breath.” (Caroline Besse) 3/5
According to Le Figaro:
“Loopings, “breaks” and other nose-up attacks have no secrets for Joseph Kosinski, director very comfortable in the air (see his Oblivion, already with Tom Cruise). Sky is no Limit. These choreographies aerials, as demented as they are, would only be an entertaining roller coaster without skillful dramaturgy.” (Etienne Sorin) 4/5
According to CNews:
“In the end, Top Gun: Maverick manages the feat of taking us on a new adventure that turns out to be captivating despite a totally agreed scenario. It’s pure entertainment that has the merit of not trying to be anything else. And Tom Cruise’s talent – whatever you think of him otherwise – has a lot to do with it.” (Writing) 3/5
According to Widescreen:
“Beyond surpassing its model with its devilishly spectacular flight sequences, Top Gun: Maverick allows Tom Cruise to question his own legend to better affirm that he is the best. A blockbuster of honest, generous craftsmen, and full of class.” (Antoine Desrues) 4/5
TOP GUN SEEN BY THE CROISETTE
“Top Gun Maverick deserves to be seen on THE BIGGEST screen. A blockbuster shaped like the perfect blend of madness, stakes and action that will have your eyes glued to the screen. Tom Cruise keeps the momentum going. And no one has more fun than Glen Powell.”
* According to the press panel present on AlloCiné on May 19, 2022.