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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"Captain America," the latest Marvel Comics movie hit, is secretly a rip-off!

"Captain America" -- director Joe Johnston's movie about a World War II-era Nazi-buster, adapted from a comic book, is a whole lot like "The Rocketeer" - director Joe Johnston's 20-year-old movie about a World War II-era Nazi-buster, adapted from a comic book.

“Captain America,” the latest Marvel Comics movie hit, is secretly a rip-off!


With its straight-arrow patriotism and retro vibe, Captain America: The First Avenger scored super-powered numbers its opening weekend:  $65.1 million on approximately 7,100 screens at 3,715 locations, according to Box Office Mojo, the industry numbers tracker. That’s a mighty return for a film with no A-list stars (Chris Evans IS Steve Rogers!), and far mightier than the other Joe Johnston-directed movie about a Nazi-fighting superhero who first sprung from the pages of a comic. That would be The Rocketeer, the 1991 adaptation of the beautiful Dave Stevens-scripted-and-illustrated book. It didn’t fare well at all when first released, but the Disney-backed pic looks pretty good now. Billy Campbell, last seen on AMC’s The Killing, stars as the jet-pack-powered, helmeted hero, Jennifer Connelly is his Bettie Page-like muse, and Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton and Paul Sorvino co-star. Check the original trailer right here.   

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Reach Steven at srea@phillynews.com.

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