Maverick in the new Top Gun movie.

Top Gun: Maverick flew into theatres around the world May 27, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend in the United States. That’s a big time for movie releases. Top Gun: Maverick is a big movie.

Back in 1986, the original Top Gun movie helped launch Tom Cruise’s career. Mr. Cruise played “Maverick,” a cocky fighter pilot in a competitive training program called Top Gun.