Nowhere near as delightful as the first, but it manages its share of good gags. (“Any last requests, Drebin?” “Can I have…the gun?”) Also, I’d forgotten how political this one was — it’s sort of a mid-period Adam McKay film in embryo. Still kind of wild to me that David Zucker of all people turned into a raging Republican.
Umpteenth viewing. One of the greatest films ever. Decided to give the director's cut another go after multiple recent re-viewings of the theatrical cut, as well as all of Mann's other films, while writing my profile of him for Vulture.
Here's the thing: While the theatrical cut might be "canonical," I really really love the director's cut as well. Yes, losing the cold open in the club is wrong, but other than that, there's a lot of stuff here that…
Never thought I'd be this moved by a sequel to a film I don't even like all that much. Third viewing. Seen at AMC Empire.
More thoughts on MAVERICK, the first TOP GUN, and Tom Cruise here: www.vulture.com/article/tom-cruise-top-gun-maverick.html