Delayed for over two years due to the ever-changing and lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Top Gun: Maverick is finally releasing this month on May 27th. The film is currently premiering at Cannes today in anticipation for its wide release next week, and during a talk at the festival with Tom Cruise, who was receiving an homage there, the actor explained that he never intended, nor allowed the movie to release on streaming services during the pandemic.
“That’s not going to happen. Ever. I’ve spent a lot of time with theater owners. The people that serve the popcorn, the ones who make this happen. I make movies for the big screen.”
Cruse then said that he called some cinema owners with this message: “Please, I know what you’re going through. Just know we are making ‘Mission: Impossible’ and ‘Top Gun’ is coming out”, stating that he goes to the movie theater, from time to time, “with my cap on” to sit “in the audience with everyone.”
Top Gun: Maverick was one of the most anticipated movies of 2021 to revive the cinema experience until it was delayed again due to the Delta variant of COVID to May of 2022. Critics have praised Joseph Kosinski’s sequel as one of the best movies of the new decade, including our editor-in-chief Joey Magidson who thought that the movie is “a moving and thrilling continuation of the character/story, going in directions you would not expect. Especially considering how ageless Cruise can often be, making this a tale of temporarily staving off the scrap heap is wildly compelling. Not only are the aerial scenes amazing, there’s an emotional core here that will wallop you at times.”
You can read Joey’s full review of the movie here and see Top Gun: Maverick in theatres on May 27th, with early IMAX screenings on May 25th.