There’s more to it than that
, including an opportunity to reconnect with old friend Iceman
, whose off-screen health issues are nicely woven into the story
); butting heads with the commanding officer
); and an old flame
). En ja, the film replicates the competitive jockeying among these hard-charging pilots
, although the ranks have been expanded to involve more people of color and a woman
) who can more than hold her own
Cruise reunites with “Oblivion” director Joseph Kosinski, working from a script credited to a trio of writers, among them the star’s frequent collaborator Christopher McQuarrie. Op een of ander manier, the film manages to putty in the intervening decades on the, een, fly, painting a portrait of a guy whose “need for speed” has both propelled him forward and held him back, especially in terms of commitment and rootlessness.
Even the seemingly tired plot of Maverick carrying around guilt over Goose all these years
, and fretting about adding his kid to that wreckage
, works unexpectedly well
. Part of that has to do with the movie’s emotional moorings
, which are sentimental without becoming syrupy
. (A dedication to the late Tony Scott, who directed the original
, is another nice touch.
Steeds, it’s called “Bobaas” vir 'n rede, and the aerial sequences are visceral and effective, conveying the adrenaline rush and physical toll of hurtling through the sky as well as the mentality required to eagerly brave those risks.
Op een of ander manier, “Maverick” manages to recycle those latter beats — with an exceptionally well cast class of new pilots — and still feel contemporary, all while approximating the old-fashioned virtues of the kind of movies that flourished in the ’80s but have found the theatrical skies considerably less friendly in recent years.
Paramount waited a long time in order to launch “Bobaas” in theaters, and that bet seems likely to pay off. Because while you could watch Maverick’s heroics in the comfort of home, like the man said, the big screen is where he belongs.
“Bobaas: Maverick” premieres May 27 in US theaters. It’s rated PG-13.