LOVEFiLM Review: The Rocketeer (1991)

After getting his start as a visual effects artist on the original Star Wars trilogy, Spielberg protege Joe Johnston found success as a director with his debut film, the blockbuster family adventure Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. For his sophomore outing, Johnston helmed this action-adventurer, set in 1930s Hollywood and in the spirit of old pulp comics and adventure serials, and co-adapted from the David Stevens graphic novel by Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo. Bill Campbell stars as Cliff Secord, an eager young pilot who finds himself in possession of a secret jet-pack that gives him the ability to fly. Cliff soon learns that screen-star Neville Sinclair (Timothy Dalton) will stop at nothing to get his hands on the rocket pack so he can give it to the Nazis. As The Rocketeer and with a little help from his mechanic friend played by Alan Arkin, it’s up to Cliff to elude Sinclair, defeat the Nazis, and save his girlfriend Jenny (Jennifer Connelly). -Rotten Tomatoes

Have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this period comic film. It was like a 1940’s Iron Man. I loved the pacing of everything and the story always had me hooked. I wish I could seen this film when I was kid, I think I would of loved it even more.

Also, I can understand now why Joe Johnston was picked to direct Captain America. Solid and enjoyable film.

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