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WATCH: Oliver retro reviews The Rocketeer

October 6th, 2012 by Oliver Harper 1 Comment


Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at The Rocketeer… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…

The Rocketeer
In 1991 I saw one of the most under-rated films released and that was the Rocketeer. It failed to grab much of the public’s attention and failed at the box office. Maybe competition from Robin Hood affected its popularity. Based on a comic book from the early 80s, the original creator had sold the rights to make a movie way back in 1983 but it took seven years for it to finally come to the big screen.
People do seem to lump this film into the super-hero genre, but Cliff Secord (the Rocketeer) doesn’t have any super powers and is quite reluctant to use the rocket pack. The film is more similar in style to Indiana Jones.
The casting in the movie is spot on and the effects still hold up really well… and there is some interesting trivia about how they did the rocket pack scenes which you will find out in the video review below…
The Rocketeer ticks all the right boxes that should have guaranteed it to be successful but alas no, but fortunately its popularity has increased heavily over the last 20 years and it now gets the respect it deserves.

Oliver’s video:

Original trailer:

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Oliver Harper is, like the rest of us at FTN, a bit of a movie freak. He watches, thinks and then breaks down all the classics that were or may never have been. A big fan of 80s cinema, his trivia knowledge is phenomenal and the best part? He records great little videos to share his knowledge. Epic. Find Oliver's updates here:!/groups/370105659683174/--