Tom Cruise did it!
A view of the red carpet appears at the world premiere of "Top Gun: Maverick" on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at the USS Midway in San Diego. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Top Gun: Maverick lived up to the hype.

As excited as I was to see the movie and with seemingly all the reviews being spectacular, I figured it would be good, but I was expecting a bit of a letdown.

As a Navy guy, I can overlook how he is still just a Captain after all these years and how others would disregard orders from an Admiral – it’s a movie – but I thought the casting was great with a nod to the original film. I thought they did a good job of weaving the original with the new while creating a new film that can stand on its own.

Sure, the new crew at Top Gun that Maverick was tasked to teach was what you would expect with a bunch of cocky fighter pilots – just a much more diverse group of Brown Shoes. The volleyball scene was replaced with a game of beach football and of course, he has his love interest, but we were all there for the flying.

And the flight scenes were as intense. The low altitude flying and the dogfights. The ejection. Spectacular.

I also appreciated the fact that we do not know where the target was or what country – only referred to as the enemy…

 The decision to hold the movie through the pandemic so it could be a theatre release and not released to a streaming service was the right one. Go see this at the movie theatre. It is well worth it.