Greetings and salutations, my dear nerdlings, and welcome to the most magical place in the whole wide internets. No, not Disneyland++, it’s the EYCQueue: where we bring forth to you, as our humble sacrifice, the best streaming the internet has to offer. This week, we have been on kind of a World War II kick, what with the amazing film Fury, and the upcoming drama The Imitation Game, we have decided to focus on a great film set during the last world war (at least the last world war that we called a world war). This week, friends and compatriots, we give you: The Rocketeer.


The Rocketeer (1991)


Director: Joe Johnston

Starring: Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton

Netflix Synopsis: When a stunt pilot stumbles across an experimental Nazi jet pack, he becomes a target for mobsters, spies, FBI agents and millionaire Howard Hughes.

Why it’s on the Queue: This movie was Iron Man before RDJ even thought about dawning the MK I. Based on an old school pulp comic, The Rocketeer pits good ol boy Cliff Secord against a team of Nazi spies in the days leading up to World War II. The flight scenes are amazingly fun and some of the fight scenes (particularly one that takes place on top of a blimp) rival those of even the biggest superhero blockbuster today.

When should you watch it: When you’ve become disillusioned with the flashy glamour and CGI of modern superhero movies and want to go back to a time when all you needed was a Nazi-designed jetpack and a cool helmet to be a hero.

You might enjoy this if you liked: Dick Tracy, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Dark City

Available now on Netflix