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New ‘Top Gun’ movie blends past and present

By Samuel Cheng

Published 3:40 PDT, Fri July 29, 2022

In the next part of a series on movies, we explore the new film "Top Gun: Maverick."

The 1986 film Top Gun was one of the top action-packed movies of its time.

The new 2022 film Top Gun: Maverick not only carries on the legacy of its predecessor, but also takes its audience down memory lane.

There are many changes between Top Gun: Maverick and its predecessor, ranging from the cast to the storyline.

Aside from the return of Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer, the new movie brings with it new faces such as Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, and Jon Hamm.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer also returned to co-produce the movie alongside Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, and David Ellison.

Character development is a big part of Top Gun: Maverick, acting as a bridge between the first and second movies. Rather than developing brand-new characters, Top Gun: Maverick expands and builds upon existing characters.

Modern visual effects and special effects are one of the reasons Top Gun: Maverick has been a box office hit. Eye-catching dogfights and action-filled cinematics set the new film apart from its predecessor.

Top Gun: Maverick also uses flashbacks to pay tribute to the 1986 Top Gun.

With revenue grossing over $1.24 billion at publication time, the numbers alone have triumphed over the previous movie. Top Gun: Maverick is playing at Richmond’s SilverCity Riverport Cinemas through at least Aug. 4.

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