Joseph Kasinski credits the film’s popularity as “old school” Top Gun: Maverick.
The Tom Cruise sequel grossed more than $1.4 billion at the global box office, and Joseph credits old-fashioned blockbuster techniques with its phenomenal success.
When asked about the film’s stellar performance, Joseph told The Hollywood Reporter, “Well, we made the film to be enjoyed on the big screen, in the best theater you can find, and we finally found ourselves at that time , when people felt comfortable coming back to the Theater to rediscover the experience we’ve all been missing for a few years. So I think that had a lot to do with it.
“The story also resonated with people. They saw Tom return to the role of Maverick after 35 years and it was a real delight for the people. So, we just wanted to make an old-school movie.”
The director continued: “We shot it in an old fashioned way using real high-tech equipment and I think people really felt the effort that went into making a practical film.
“The feedback I kept getting from people was that they were on the edge of their seats watching it. So it’s one of those things where you really appreciate the power of hands-on filmmaking when you’re being told a story.”
Fans of the film have speculated that Cruise’s character Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell died during the film’s opening sequence, and Joseph accepts the idea.
Kasinski explained, “Films are meant to be interpreted in different ways, and I like when people put different meanings into them.
“So I like hearing that theory, and there’s definitely a mythic element to the story that I think lends itself to that interpretation, based on who Maverick is and what he represents and the fact that he goes through it is a rite of initiation into another phase of his life.”