The Rocketeer

Discussion in 'Archive: SF&F: Films and Television' started by BultarSwan, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. BultarSwan

    BultarSwan Founder: Grand Rapids, MI FF star 10

    Jul 5, 2003
    Okay, so there isn't a thread yet for this awesome movie. I think this is a tragedy and it needs to be fixed!

    My first question is how did they come up with the design of the rocket and helmet?
  2. Magellan_the_Cat

    Magellan_the_Cat Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jul 21, 2003
    It is very much the style of "The Future" as seen in the late 30s/early 40s. The Buster Crabe and early Super-Man era of comics.

    And it was fun to have Cole Porter songs played in it.

    I found the final sequence a little underwhelming, even when it first came out. I just had trouble suspending disbelief.
    As a period piece, it worked modestly well. As an action adventure movie, not so much. The Shadow did much better as both.

    But another great soundtrack.
  3. The2ndQuest

    The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth star 10 Staff Member Manager

    Jan 27, 2000
    It was definitely the DNA of Joe's style in this film that contributed towards his work on Captain America.
  4. Chancellor_Ewok

    Chancellor_Ewok Chosen One star 7

    Nov 8, 2004
    Agreed. I got Captain America for Christmas. As I was watching it today, I couldn't help but think that The Rocketeer and Captain America would be a fun double feature.
  5. CaptainYossarian

    CaptainYossarian Jedi Master star 3

    Mar 30, 2003

    I think that the Rocketeer was somewhat inspired by Commando Cody and other similar characters, then given more Art Deco styling.
  6. Rox

    Rox Administrator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Nov 24, 2000
    I agree I got both movies on Blueray for Christmas and you can see how one lead to the style of the other.
  7. Koohii

    Koohii Jedi Master star 5

    May 30, 2003
    Just watched CA:TFA last night, and yes, it matched my feeling of when I first saw Rocketeer: over-long build up, not enough of the villain, feeble payoff.

    Both movies relied on nostalgia to bring warmth to the period movie, without enough substance to bring it off.
    I kept waiting for the movies to get started... By the time they did, it was too little/too late, and the endings felt rushed and forced, and very much let down.
    Glad I didn't pay to see either in the theaters (had free passes to Rocketeer, waited for DVD with CA:TAF).