First Reactions To ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Hail It As The Best Film Of 2022 So Far

The First Reactions To 'Top Gun: Maverick' Have Hit The Internet

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  • Top Gun: Maverick will finally hit theaters on May 27 after years of delays.
  • The film premiered last night and critics were allowed to share their reactions to it.
  • The initial reactions to the long-awaited Top Gun sequel are overwhelming positive.

Today — in a couple of hours, actually — I’m heading out to see Top Gun: Maverick, the long-awaited to sequel the 1986 Tom Cruise-starring Americana classic Top Gun.

Top Gun: Maverick is long-awaited in a couple of senses, both in terms of how long it’s been since the original hit theaters (35 years) and how many times the release of *this very film* was delayed. Despite hitting theaters next month, filming of Top Gun: Maverick was originally completed all the way back in March 2019 — over three years ago!

First, it was originally scheduled to hit theaters on July 12, 2019, before being delayed to June 26, 2020. Then, due to obvious reasons, the film was bumped to December 23, 2020, and then July 2, 2021. Top Gun: Maverick would ultimately get kicked back one more time in 2021 before finally landing on its current May 27, 2022 release date.

And after all of that: the film is finally on the horizon, as the first reactions from critics and journalists have begun to hit the internet. With the film still about a month away, the fact that the studio has allowed people to already publically share their thoughts is a promising sign. The earlier a studio lets people talk about their movie — the better they think it is.

First reactions to Top Gun: Maverick from critics and journalists

And that ultimately appears to be the case with Top Gun: Maverick as praise seems to be virtually unanimous thus far:

Additionally, and perhaps unsurprisingly, people are also praising Lady Gaga’s ballad “Hold My Hand”, which was made specifically for the film:

In addition to Tom Cruise, Top Gun: Maverick stars Miles Teller as Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, a trainee who is the son of Maverick’s late best friend Nick “Goose” Bradshaw, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, and Lewis Pullman. The film will hit theaters in the United States on Friday, May 27.

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