Tom Cruise Is Adorably Pumped For Every Summer Blockbuster

Tom Cruise is making it a point to see every movie in theaters this summer, and wants everyone else to do the same.

By Chris Snellgrove | Updated

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Since he has been a predictable audience draw for blockbuster films since the 1980s, Tom Cruise has become a kind of de facto voice for Hollywood. Fortunately for fellow actors and filmmakers, he has been putting that voice to good use lately when it comes to hyping up upcoming Summer blockbuster movies. As Deadline reports, Cruise recently tweeted out his congratulations to Harrison Ford for “40 years of Indy” and talked about how hyped he is to attend a double feature consisting of “Oppenheimer and Barbie.”

Inevitably, this led to social media managers for some of the films in question to piggyback off of the enthusiastic (and likely unexpected) endorsement from Tom Cruise. For example, the official Indiana Jones Twitter account simply responded with, “Adventure awaits at the movies” (we’re not sure if Dial of Destiny audiences would exactly agree with this sentiment, though). More amusingly, the official Twitter account for the upcoming Barbie film responded with a GIF of Margot Robbie floating from the top of her dream house, ironically claiming, “we do our own stunts too.”

Interestingly enough, this isn’t even the first time in recent history that Tom Cruise decided to gas up a summer blockbuster. He previously expressed effusive praise for The Flash, allegedly saying something to the effect of how this troubled DCEU production was “everything you want in a movie” and how “this is the kind of movie we need now.” It turns out that audiences didn’t agree with the Top Gun actor’s assessment of the Ezra Miller film, but that certainly wasn’t enough to dampen Cruise’s love of seeing a flashy summer blockbuster on the big screen.

While it’s easy to dunk on Tom Cruise for hyping up films that crash and burn like The Flash, we prefer to think that he is continuing the mission he embarked on with Top Gun: Maverick. The high-flying sequel became only the second film to make more than a billion dollars since the COVID-19 pandemic after certain studios reacted to the pandemic by immediately releasing movies on streaming, further hurting the box office. Meanwhile, Cruise insisted that Maverick be released exclusively to theaters, and Steven Spielberg later claimed the actor “saved Hollywood’s ass”  and “might have saved the entire theatrical industry.”

In other words, we might not even have had a summer filled with a mixed bag of blockbusters if not for Tom Cruise, so we can’t exactly fault the man for hyping up most of the big films that are about to come out. And Cruise has certainly starred in some big films that ended up flopping over the years, including the criminally-underappreciated fantasy romp Legend. Perhaps this is just the iconic actor’s way of paying it forward and making sure the hard-working actors and filmmakers involved in these films get the appreciation they deserve.

Ultimately, only time will tell whether Cruise-endorsed films like Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, Barbie, and Oppenheimer end up resonating with audiences. However, it’s undeniably charming and downright adorable that Cruise is so jazzed up about these films. And like Cruise’s famous smile, that enthusiasm is contagious…if anyone needs us, we’ll be pre-ordering our tickets immediately.