From before the era of tent-pole summer blockbusters and superhero extravaganzas, comes The Rocketeer, one of my favourite genre movies of the last five decades. While the 1991 release is far from perfect, it certainly stands head-and-shoulders above many of the more explicit comicbook-inspired films we have seen in recent years, deliberately harking back to the black-and-white serials of the 1930s and ’40s (hence the contemporary description of “An airborne Indiana Jones“). And unlike those weekly shorts, it has aged remarkably well, the quality of the writing, performances and direction giving it a lasting appeal. The guys at Red Letter Media have given it a well-deserved retrospective review, featured below, with a great suggestion for a sequel.
Never seen it, but I’ll add it to the list now.
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