Oh yeah! I love, love, LOOOOVVVE this film!! The Rocketeer in my opinion was THE best film of 1991 (time sure flies, pardon the pun)! Based on the old comic book series by reknowned girlie pinup artist/graphic designer/comic artist, Dave Stevens, the Rocketeer was loosely inspired by the old Commander Cody TV series. The plot revolves around a dashing young stunt pilot down on his luck who happens to stumble upon a stolen experimental portable rocket pack that can be worn on the back allowing the wearer to fly. He now thinks that Lady Luck may have smiled on him at last. But unknownst to him, a whole bunch of other folks want the rocket pack as well including the Nazis and the mob! Now the chase really begins! The story is a rip roaring, rocket propelled adventure involving everything from international espionage, Howard Hughes, to Golden Age Hollywood. Tongue in the cheek, fast, and fun from beginning to end with a wonderfully rousing score, fantastic special effects, and action sequences that will take your breath away!!! This film is just WOW!!!
It should be noted that the love interest/heroine - Jenny, played by Jennifer Connelly was originally based on 50's pinup queen Bettie Page in the comics, but for copyright reasons was altered both in name and physical appearance for this movie.
Unfortunately, despite the rave reviews and enthusiastic audience response when the Rocketeer was first released, it was somewhat left behind in the dust by then summer juggernaught, Terminator 2, and largely neglected (earning a respectable but unimpressive $60 million, while the film costed $40 million). Sigh, there is truly no justice in the world. The producers later admitted to marketing the film wrong (it was a film for everyone, and not a Disney-ish kiddie movie), and not enough movie goers were lured in as a result. People simply don't know what they're missing, and that's a real shame! Don't make that mistake again! Get the film, see it, feel it, love it!!!!