The whole movie was so vibrant, it was smelling of that awesome 80's style. The actors did an amazing performance, Tom Cruise did dominate the hole movie, with his charismatic personality, because he basically was in his element, and you can see that he delivered. Directing methods where pretty basic, and the director knew exactly when he had to use 3rd person and shaky cam. The script was perfect, didn't drag at all, and the humor was great and the seriousness as well. Visual effects where great because they did everything practical, 2 pilots even given they lives to this movie, because they just wanted it to look amazingly realistic. Sound effects where just on point as well. There where no pacing issue the whole movie was very eventful. The plot was pretty messed up, but that is what made it interesting and entertaining. Because it was based on real story it could play with the details, to make it look more fun for the big screen, and I think they did a great job at that.
Overall this movie is a very good movie, in short a very entertaining and fun movie about a pilot's life who was very clever.