The Rocketeer (1991)...

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Warped9, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. Warped9

    Warped9 Admiral Admiral

    Aug 3, 2003
    Brockville, Ontario, Canada
    After years of hearing of this movie I finally got around to seeing. The downside is for some reason I couldn't get the pisture to fill the screen. Wierd.

    Anyway this was a very fun period piece that works in similar fashion as Raiders Of The Lost Ark. The period setting helps make the story somewhat more plausible as we view that era as a more innocent time where the fantastic seems more plausible.

    Sure it would be easy to nitpick this to death in terms of implausibilities, but like a good superhero adventure that would be doing the film a disservice. To some extent the story is predictable, but it was still fun.

    I'm sorry I waited so long to see it. It's good stuff. :techman:
  2. Out Of My Vulcan Mind

    Out Of My Vulcan Mind Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 27, 2002
    Wherever you go, there you are.
    Jennifer Connelly in The Rocketeer... :adore:
  3. Warped9

    Warped9 Admiral Admiral

    Aug 3, 2003
    Brockville, Ontario, Canada
    Part of the appeal was seeing the early clumsiness of Billy Campbell's character. He didn't have the hang of it right off.
  4. doubleohfive

    doubleohfive Fleet Admiral

    Aug 17, 2001
    Hollywood, CA
    An instant classic with me. I've loved the film since I was a kid. And Joe Johnston has yet to do wrong in my book, having helmed Honey I Shrunk The Kids, Jurassic Park III, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

    The cast is top notch, the visuals convincing, and the score is magnificent. Timothy Dalton hams it up in a delightful way, and I love Alan Arkin's curmudgeonly demeanor.

    Cliff: How do I look?
    Peevy: Like a hood ornament!


    Also fun: Terry O'Quinn as Howard Hughes."Son of a bitch WILL fly!" -- if you've seen the film, you get the joke.

    If you approach everything with this kind of open-mindedness, you'll probably find you would enjoy many other films and TV shows as well.
  5. Harvey

    Harvey Admiral Admiral

    Oct 8, 2005
    Los Angeles, California
    It's really a fun movie. In a weird way, though, I'm glad it tanked. It's better as a one-off than a franchise.

    I wish the movie would get a few special features on home video, though.
  6. sojourner

    sojourner Admiral Admiral

    Sep 4, 2008
    Just around the bend.
    Hey, I think the leads could still pull off a sequel.
  7. Corran Horn

    Corran Horn Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jun 4, 2001
    It's one of my favorites.
  8. Agent Richard07

    Agent Richard07 Admiral Admiral

    Jun 20, 2001
    I thought it was a little too "Disney" but I enjoyed it none the less and own it on Blu-ray.

    I was a big Spruce Goose aficionado around that time and Terry O'Quinn will always be Howard Hughes to me.
  9. MacLeod

    MacLeod Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001
    Great Britain
    Picked this up on Blu-ray towards the end of last year. Have yet to get around to re-watching it for the first time in quite a few years.
  10. Ovation

    Ovation Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jennifer Connelly in just about anything... :adore:

    Quite like this movie. Don't know why it isn't in my collection.
  11. Mr Light

    Mr Light Admiral Admiral

    Dec 7, 1999
    Any movie that does that 1930s adventure serial sorta thing gets a pass from me. Where's my Sky Captain sequel?!?!?!?!
  12. RAMA

    RAMA Admiral Admiral

    Dec 13, 1999
    NJ, USA
    Enjoyed that movie. Seemed big budget at the time, not a studio afterthought, but they still did a poor job marketing it.

  13. DWF

    DWF Admiral Admiral

    May 19, 2001
    Columbus, Ohio
    The Rocketeer along with The Shadow and The Phantom are three well cast and underrated period/pulp fiction/comic book movies. I loved Alan Arkin's deadpan delievery and of course Jennifer Connelly.