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The Editorial

Tom Cruise & the power of story

The latest film featuring Tom Cruise – or, to give him his full name, Thomas Cruise Mapother IV (really!) – has proved a massive hit. As this column is written, it is estimated that total takings from cinema showings globally could soon hit a whopping $1 billion without too much trouble.

It is not really any surprise that the movie, Top Gun: Maverick (rated 12A) is filling the coffers of its makers. Real-life action stunts involving US fighter jets, plus dramatic scenery, an aircraft carrier, beautiful cinematography, good music and a strong story combine to hit pretty much every spot that filmgoers might want.