Will Klein’s review published on Letterboxd:
I went into this with high expectations and this movie somehow exceeded them. Believe the hype. It’s real. I laughed. I fucking cried like 3 times. It’s a thrill ride right from the get-go and the last ~20mins is some of the most exhilarating stuff I’ve ever seen in a movie.
It’s not without its faults, though. The script can be very good in select moments (some awesome setups and payoffs), but does become pretty clunky at times as the movie grinds to a halt to remind us of the first film. I know it’s a legacy sequel, I get it; but I just feel this to be unnecessary in this age of streaming because if we need a refresher on what happened in Top Gun The First Top Gun you can just fire up Netflix with the click of a button. I don’t know if this is true, but I feel like there was a really good script at first and then some things changed, some people couldn’t/wouldn’t come back, and it just ends up holding together - but just barely. I dunno. Maybe couldda used one more Danger Zone needle drop, but that’s probably just me.
But otherwise, it’s the perfect summer blockbuster. The cast is great (s/o to Miles Teller and Glen Powell), the score is great, and the cinematography is utterly jaw dropping. You could feel the electricity in the room during certain shots. That’s the power of movies baybeeee
Run, don’t walk, to a T H E A T E R and see this thing on the biggest (and loudest) screen possible. Tony would be proud.