Straight from the pages of a pulp comic from a past era, the Rocketeer recreates 1930’s Hollywood, complete with gangsters, Nazi spies, and the growth of the Age of Aviation. Young pilot Cliff Secord stumbles on a top secret rocket-pack and with the help of his mechanic/mentor, Peevee, he attempts to save his girl and stop the Nazis as The Rocketeer.— IMDb
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Joe Johnston originally intended to become a commercial artist, but a summer job drawing sketches and storyboards for George Lucas’ “Star Wars” (1977) altered the course of his career forever. As an artistic director at the famed Industrial Light & Magic Company, his work included designing Yoda for “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), the first of three films for which he served as visual effects art director. He shared an Academy Award for the visual effects on Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), and after performing similar duty on “Return of the Jedi” (1983) and second unit work on “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984), Johnston got the hankering to direct and returned to school to study filmmaking at USC, all the while continuing his special effects work as ultralight sequence designer of the big budget bomb “Howard the Duck” (1986) and production designer of the ABC-TV projects “The Ewok Adventure” (1984) and “Ewoks… read more
One of the best pure adventure films since "Raiders of the Lost Ark." No, it's not nearly as complex as Spielberg's classic, but there is a consumate level of craftsmanship here from all filmmakers involved and a timeless, wholesome sense of adventure that is to be admired. As frequently is the case with comic book movies, it's the supporting players who steal the show: Jennifer Connelly at her most jaw-droppingly beautiful; Timothy Dalton playing Errol Flynn if Errol Flynn were a secret Nazi spy(!); and "Lost's" Terry O'Quinn starring as none other than Howard Hughes. Certainly James Horner's nostalgic, motif-heavy score deserves mention for propelling the movie forward at every turn. The financial failure of "The Rocketeer" ensured we'll never see another picture like it again but at least the 20th Anniversary Blu-ray looks fantastic.
I wonder how many people will revisit this with Joe Johnston's Captain America in cinemas currently.
i love this movie. pure pulp fun; it's got jet-packs, airplanes, adventure, and seriously, who makes a better villain than a Nazi? this is one of the few occasions where i enjoyed the movie more than the comic book it was based on.
A manic no-budget special effects comedy that achieves a certain cockeyed charm.