Super charming two-hander. Emma Thompson remains the best.
Two things can be true: Maverick is the most shameless piece of pandering towards its star in the history of cinema, and it is also an enormously entertaining piece of pandering.
That said, I came out of it most impressed by the three actors in the three most thankless roles: Jon Hamm as Lame Boss Who Thinks Maverick's Washed, Jennifer Connelly as Generic Love Interest Here To Make You Forget That We Didn’t Invite Kelt McGillis Back & Glen Powell as…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
If asked to rank my favorite Star Wars movies based on how many incredible things happen in them, this might well be my number 1 over Empire. Rian Johnson just puts together banger (bomber sequence) after banger (the triple-header of the throne fight, Finn vs Phasma, and Holdo vs the flagship) after banger (Luke Skywalker challenging the entire First Order with a laser sword). As a whole film, though, it still feels as if Rian Johnson just wanted to incorporate…