The Rocketeer (1991)
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Can you believe I'd never seen The Rocketeer past, I dunno, the first 10 or 15 minutes? Even though I have an interest in superhero movies. Even though Jennifer Connelly (created by God himself to play women in the 30s and 40s) is in it. And Timothy Dalton? Sheesh! Even though it was probably on TV all the time. Remedied the situation this week and thought it a thoroughly pleasant experience. Its hero, played by Bill Campbell, is a "gosh wow", earnest type, which gives the film a retro, serial feel, but the movie is still an atypical Disney release, with plenty of deaths, usually from tommygun fire. But it's still cartoon violence and there's plenty of goofy comedy to lighten things up. By the end, when a Nazi blimp is flying over Hollywood, I was laughing my head off. It's remarkable how its sense of fun pushes you to a place where you can accept the ridiculous as a massive gag. If the Rocketeer had flown again and become a franchise, I'd no doubt have paid more attention to it at the time. It's too bad that never happened, because there's some nice pulpy potential there, fun stunts, and though the effects are dated today, they really aren't THAT dated. In no way do they take you out of the experience.
A fun & hugely enjoyable retro comic book adventure; it's a 1930's Iron Man from the director of Captain America! 8/10.
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