As someone who always found Top Gun to be slick, jingoistic garbage, I scoffed at the prospect of a decades-later sequel, with Tom Cruise's hot-shot pilot still feeling the need for speed, this time with his dead partner's son. So color me surprised that this trailer absolutely rules.
While the music cues and shots of Cruise on a motorcycle is pure nostalgia for the people who loved the original (so, not me), I'm absolutely in awe of some of these shots, like the one of the jets descending, revealing Cruise standing below. Plus, you've got Ed Harris in stern old man mode; Glen Powell oiled up on a beach; Jennifer Connelly, with one brief second of screen time, extending her decades-long reign as one of my top celebrity crushes; Jon Hamm in Aviators; and Miles Teller, with a mustache, piss drunk, wailing on a piano.
And of course there's the main attraction: Cruise telling the god of death "Not today" by doing his own flying stunts, breaking the sound barrier and flying upside down in a jet. They even put a camera in the cockpit so you'd know it's really him. All it was really missing was "Danger Zone." I haven't loved any of director Joseph Kosinski's movies yet, but he sure makes them look pretty.
Top Gun: Maverick opens in June 2020. Until then, I'll be rewatching this trailer and feeling nostalgic for this long-gone ride from Six Flags.