Americans react to huge ‘Top Gun’ opening weekend

Top Gun: Maverick is a certified hit, having secured a huge opening weekend, and it can credit to its surprisingly patriotic story.

The sequel to the 1986 film top gunstarring and producing Tom Cruise, marks the actor’s biggest theatrical release of his career to date.

Cruise stars alongside Miles Teller, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Connelly in the film, which has faced multiple delays due to the pandemic. While Top Gun: Maverick has proven successful, and many viewers have consistently hailed its pro-American messages and themes.

“It’s a really good movie, but it also came at the perfect time,” wrote writer and sports host Clay Travis on Twitter, “the vast majority of Americans are absolutely desperate to celebrate our country.”

USA Flag and Tom Cruise Top Gun
Stock image of the US flag and still of Tom Cruise in Top Gun 2. Audience comments on how Cruise’s new film contains patriotic themes.
Gary Hershorn/Getty Images/Paramount Pictures

That patriotic message was echoed by other celebrity viewers who also seem eager to celebrate America.

Former politician and Fox News contributor, now host of her own podcast, Monica Crowley thought she had cracked the mystery Top Gun: Mavericks Success. “Even though it’s set in 2022, it catapults us back to the mid-1980s, when we had a real president, men were still men and there was undisguised pride in America.” She added on Twitter, “It’s both nostalgia – as well as hope.”

Top Gun: Maverick is nostalgia and chin creases and fighter jets—I loved it,” wrote American writer Shea Serrano.

The sequel, which not only took over 30 years in the making but also faced a two-year pandemic delay, secured a huge theatrical debut over Memorial Day weekend. It earned an estimated $151 million in the US and Canada in the first three days of release.

American actor and author Ben Dreyfuss, son of actor Richard Dreyfuss, took to Twitter to discuss the reaction to the film. In response to a quote questioning why critics praised the film despite its “layers of transparent military propaganda,” Dreyfuss wrote, “Why do people even write something like that? It’s a film about Tom Cruise playing a naval aviator. transparent military propaganda.'”

He continued,”Top Gun: Maverick has a rare A+ Cinemascore for giving audiences exactly what it promised. If only it had been a depressing drama about a Navy veteran struggling to gain access to proper health care through the VA [Veterans Affairs]the audience would have said, ‘This isn’t the movie I came to see.’”

Those verified Twitter accounts above weren’t the only ones praising the film for its patriotic tones.

Tom Cruise in the fighter jet
Tom Cruise returned for the sequel Top Gun: Maverick, which is in theaters now.
Paramount Pictures

Top Gun: Maverick is the movie every American needs to see. It is exciting. Patriotic. And redeeming. Just fun to watch. Check it out!” @Merianne Jenson wrote. Meanwhile, @PorscheCutie wrote: “Love or hate Tom Cruise but Top Gun Maverick is a home run for a patriotic film. Love for the military, love for our nations’ flags and love for the country, it’s all there.”

Far-right politician and Arizona Senator Wendy Rogers also seemed to love the film. “Not woke up top gun goes gangbuster at the box office. [America First] is back.” she said. “Yeah, I know Tom’s an idiot, but credit where credit is due. Hollywood needs to stop taking money from China and they need to make more naive pro-America movies like Top gun 2.”

Top Gun: Maverick is now only in cinemas. Americans react to huge ‘Top Gun’ opening weekend

Rick Schindler

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