Legendary movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer believes the emotion and authenticity of Top Gun: Maverick is the major reason for its enormous success.
The sequel to 1980s favourite Top Gun was released to enormous commercial and critical success. On a budget of $170 million, it grossed an astonishing $1.45 billion worldwide which is by far the highest-grossing film in the career of superstar actor, Tom Cruise.
It surpassed Avengers: Infinity War as the sixth highest-grossing movie in the history of the United States box office.
The movie was praised for its spectacular action sequences and how it emotionally ties to the first movie.
In Top Gun: Maverick, Pete Mitchell returns to the Top Gun academy to act as mentor and teacher to a group of elite new recruits, led by Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of his best friend Goose, who died in the first movie.
The nostalgia in Maverick is there for all to see, and Bruckheimer believes it is connections like that which is why cinema lovers have flocked in their millions to see it.
"It's always the characters, the themes, the story," he told Entertainment Weekly.
"That's what it's all about; it's about the emotion, it's about bringing Iceman back, it's about seeing a real movie."
In preparation for their roles in Maverick, the actors had to undergo intense training within real F-18 fighter jets in order to get to grips with the physical toll of being in the air when the cameras are rolling.
All of the sequences shot were done with the actors actually in the cockpit, albeit not flying themselves.
Bruckheimer thinks this realism also contributed to the success of the movie as it is a deviation from the world of CGI in films we see currently.
"You're in the F-18 just like those actors are," he continued.
"They were trained for three months to be able to get into an F-18... You can see the struggles of what they're doing, what they're going through. That's all real, that's not made-up.
"I think audiences have been seeing so much CGI, which is wonderful, I go see the same movies, but it's also nice to see the real deal, and to be a part of a camaraderie of characters that get up in the sky and have to be as good as they can be.
"The audiences love the Marvel stuff, they love the DC stuff. They're beautifully made by really talented people. Sometimes you want to see something that's real, and that's what 'Top Gun' gave us."
Bruckheimer is one of the most successful movie producers of all time, and to date, his productions have grossed around $12bn.
Top Gun: Maverick
Action / Drama
2022 • 130 minutes