Monday, November 17, 2014

Penny Thoughts ‘14—The Rocketeer (1991) ***

PG, 108 min.
Director: Joe Johnston
Writers: Danny Bilson, Paul de Meo, William Dear, Dave Stevens (graphic novel)
Starring: Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, Paul Sorvino, Terry O’Quinn, Ed Lauter, James Handy, Robert Guy Miranda, John Lavachielli, Jon Polito, Eddie Jones, William Sanderson, Don Pugsley, Nada Despotovich, Margo Martindale, America Martin

“The Rocketeer” is a rip roarin’ good time! That’s what I would imagine reviews of this movie would read like were it released during the golden age of Hollywood in which it takes place. It’s a fitting review. It doesn’t lie, and it could very well stand as my review of it in this day and age.

Here’s one of the best parts about it. I watched it with my children (13 and 9) and they were into it for sure. They loved the old fashioned trick planes. They liked the gumption of the lead and the pluck of his lady. They enjoyed the healthy helping of humor hoisted in great part by sidekick, Alan Arkin. But, what seemed to get the most gusto out of them was the Nazi hating. They loved hating the Nazis in this movie.

They’ve seen the Nazis as villains in the Indiana Jones movies, but it’s been a while since we watched those. At that time, I don’t think they really grasped what Nazis were other than the bad guys. This I believe was the first time they went into a movie involving Nazis where they really had an understanding of just what the Nazis tried to do, and damn it if they didn’t want to see those Nazis die! Not in a sinister “Kill. Kill” kind of way, but in a good old American kill them Nazis WWII type of way. It was just kind of great to see my boys embrace that Greatest Generation spirit.

Anyway, “The Rocketeer” is a rip roarin’ good time!

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