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The breathtaking film Top Gun: Maverick, directed by Joseph Kosinski, is absolutely stunning, from the actors to the set.

It has a beautiful soundtrack by Lorne Balfe including Lady Gaga’s song, “Hold My Hand.” The special effects and the different sounds that go with it make you think you’re actually there. I was definitely on the edge of my seat.

The story features Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.

With 30 years under his belt as a top Navy aviator, Mitchell is back. Now he’s training the graduates for a very special and scary assignment in which no one knows if they will return. Maverick must now confront many of his ghosts and fears, which means there will be sacrifices from those who he chooses to fly.

Top Gun: Maverick is my official favorite movie — not only is one of the leading characters Tom Cruise, but the original Top Gun film was a phenomenon and No. 1 in the world in 1986. The special effects in this sequel are absolutely everything. I didn’t feel like I was watching a movie — I felt like I was part of it. The wonderful cast, the camera work and everything else is very sharp.

The message of this film is to not always think about the consequences of something, but instead to just do it. Kind of like: Go for it! Don’t be scared — we have to live our lives to the fullest.

Top Gun: Maverick has some sequences of intense action, and some strong language, but otherwise it doesn’t have anything to look out for. This is honestly a really good movie to watch with the family, but maybe not with the little ones.

I give Top Gun: Maverick 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it from age 9 to teens and adults.

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