Tom Cruise leads a military movie in difficult circumstances

As the Cannes Film Festival kicks off on Tuesday, the 17th of next month in its 75th session, the festival takes the great interest it attached to a specific film that does not belong to the author’s cinema or to artistic experiences and methods, in ag. but rather to the cinema of public narrative at a higher and broader level.

The movie is Top Gun: Maverick, or as it can be called “Top Gun – 2”, which comes to life again on screens more than 30 years after the production of the first movie, “Top Gun” in 1986.

It was directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise and his wife (then) Nicole Kidman. Its subject matter revolved around the astronauts, young military navigators, who each wanted to prove that he was the best. The fact that Cruz is the most famous, that in film, must of course mean that he is the best.

The new part is also military par excellence, as it revolves around the distinction between American fighters and their counterparts around the world in their campaigns, movements, speed and flexibility. The FA-18E Super Hornet was used in a plot about that pilot who returns after a long absence (the years between the two parts) to prove that he is still the number one air rider. Its competitors are a capable and well-prepared group of well-trained young men. They have left military school and are eager to fight battles, even if they are fake. While Tom Cruise must prove his skill and superiority, they must prove that he is too old to be a successful opponent.

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Tom Cruise, now 59, is much older than most of the stars working today. He’s older than Johnny Depp, Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds, Tom Holland, Chris Pine and Robert Downey Jr., but his years do not show on his face. His ability to make dangerous physical movements is still in situations that cause him jealousy and envy of actors younger than him.

Most of them, like Ryan Reynolds, Chris Pine, Tom Holland, Chris Evans, simply follow the instructions of VFX designers in front of the green screen and later integrate them into the “dangerous” scenes in which we see them. But Cruise, in his films, still flies on his own, clings to a plane that takes off from the airport without needing a replacement, climbs the Sheikh Zayed skyscraper in Dubai and rides at a tremendous speed motorcycles .

His series films (like Mission Impossible) do not fall under the influence of influences alone like most other series. There is a physical and dramatic effort that mixes with what needs to be combined with effects. Thus, regardless of their directing value, remain more communicative With the audience on an individual scale of the rest of the ordinary “superheroes”. Or so it must be, because Tom Cruise insists on acting and not just good looks. He did not produce the previous part of “Top Gun”. “but here he is all in all.” Top Gun: Maverick “”, directed by Joseph Kosinsky, is not an ordinary film, and its performance will prove to be an accurate target in the stadium of any rival at the Cannes festival was hit. It is a film by actors and actresses that will stream to “Cannes”, directed by Tom Cruise, where the proportion and volume of media participation in it is higher than any international festival. On the other hand, it is a military drama that comes out at the right time to take part in the dangerous security situation that Europe and the world are going through.

But we must remember that the movie was not made to take part in any hot war. In fact, it was written in 2010, then rewritten two years later, and then rewritten for a third time in 2013, then a fourth and final time in 2015 to enter filming in May 2018. This means that “Top Gun: Maverick” was not affected either now or From afar, the Ukrainian crisis, everything was quiet at the front. At the beginning of 2020, the film was completed, and its producers and the Cannes Film Festival agreed to show it at last year’s edition, which was held in the seventh month of the year. But Paramount decided to postpone its screenings because the Corona pandemic was still raging, and did not see that sacrificing the film in such circumstances was the right thing to do.

“Mission Impossible 7”: During filming

– Not a day less

This movie is not new to Tom Cruise. He also has “Mission: Impossible”, which he has been accompanying since the first part in 1996 and is still working on it as a producer and actor, as the character player of a group of those who perform difficult missions, who no longer believe. in the intelligence side that secures him the difficult tasks he is asked to perform.

Paramount is also the funder, and over the past few weeks he has approached Tom Cruise and the rest of the film’s producers with the decision to show the film in cinemas for six weeks before moving it to its online platform. But Cruz vehemently opposed it, causing a crisis between the two parties.

Each party will deny that there is a crisis, but the problem has come down to threatening to sue Paramount on the basis of a clause in the contract that clearly states that the film should enjoy three months of theatrical performances. . And he said in a statement, “No day is less.”

This situation comes in the wake of the company’s concern that work on both the seventh and eighth parts of this project will continue. Both have so far been subject to delays in implementation, and each delay raises the budget to a higher level than Paramount had hoped for.

As for the seventh season, the scenes of which were filmed in Spain, Italy, Abu Dhabi, Britain and Norway, the movie, which was expected to be shown last year, has been moved to this year before being postponed again. Now its offers are set for September 11 next year 2023.

Postponing the seventh part also means postponing the work of producing the eighth part, which will be the last part of this series. In fact, Paramount does not like to insist on Cruise, which is one of his most prominent commercial success titles, and he knows that the man is careful and meticulous in his work and does not want to exclude any stage of this work from his care. . But she looks, with a second eye, with concern at the inflated budget.

But Cruz’s care and direct intervention in the work stages, being one of its manufacturers and also the first technical decision maker, is not the only source of delay. During the filming of the movie in London in the winter of 2020, Cruz and his director Christopher McGuire were infected with the “Covid” epidemic. Cruz recovered after three weeks, but his director entered a dangerous stage and was transferred to a London hospital until he recovered. Meanwhile, Paramount was eager to keep the matter confidential, despite the leak of some news. However, in its internal correspondence with the film’s other parties, the company wondered why the two (director and actor) did not vaccinate to avoid danger. What if it was Cruz (Scientology)’s church that banned its members from using the vaccine? Cruz knows how important his two new films, “Top Gun Maverick” are to him, his fans and the funding company. His desire for the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate one of these two films soon is a hit that will increase the scope of his success.

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