A fun movie with great visual design. Honors, but doesn't really transcend or expand on the earnest adventure serials of the 30s and 40s. Viewed as the affectionate homage that it is, it's a good time.
Why aren't adventure/superhero movies a bit more like this one today? it's cheesy but it has real charm and nostalgia. Now it seems like it's all about laser beams falling down from the sky and bombastic drum/bass soundtracks.
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.