Disney Plus: Hidden Gems to Stream the Best Underrated Movies

Disney Plus: Hidden Gems to Stream the Best Underrated Movies

“The Rocketeer” (1991)

 

In 2021 “The Rocketeer”It celebrated its 30th birthday. There wasn’t much in the way of acknowledgement from the company, aside from a few pieces of commemorative merchandise (mostly pins), but that’s okay. “The Rocketeer”has been an underdog since childhood. It was theatrically released as the story of Billy Campbell, a stunt pilot who controls an experimental jetpack and becomes a hero. “The Rocketeer”Got clobbered “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.”  In the years since, though, more and more have come around to appreciate the Joe Johnston-directed adventure. And there really is a lot to cherish here, from the art deco production design to the introduction of real-life history (Terry O’Quinn plays a terrific Howard Hughes) to the very knowing performances by Jennifer Connolly, Alan Arkin, and Timothy Dalton as an Errol Flynn-style Nazi sleeper agent. There’s even an animated sequence, by Walt Disney Feature Animation (as it was then known), depicting a Nazi invasion of the United States. Chances are if you’ve seen “The Rocketeer,”You will love it. And if you haven’t seen it yet, get ready – it’s one of the best and least heralded action movies of the 1990s.

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