Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Red Tails

Red Tails is a 2012 war film produced by Lucasfilm and released by 20th Century Fox. The film is a fictionalized portrayal of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American United States Army Air Force (USAAF) servicemen during World War II.
Filmed in 2009, Red Tails was directed by Anthony Hemingway from a screenplay by John Ridley, with additional material shot the following year with executive producer George Lucas as director and Aaron McGruder as writer of the reshoots. Red Tails is the first Lucasfilm production since 1994 not associated with the Indiana Jones or Star Wars franchises. The film stars Cuba Gooding, Jr. (who previously starred in The Tuskegee Airmen, an HBO made-for-television film about the same group of pilots) in his first theatrical film in five years, and Terrence Howard (who portrayed a Tuskegee pilot in Hart's War), as well as Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Elijah Kelley and Ne-Yo. [Wikipedia]

In 1944, after enduring racism throughout their recruitment and training in the Tuskegee training program, the 332d Fighter Group of young African American USAAF fighter pilots are finally sent into combat in Italy, although flying worn-out Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft. Chafing at their ground attack missions against trains and enemy ground transport, the Tuskegee Airmen recognize that they may never take on fighter-to-fighter action against the Luftwaffe. The tight-knit group of Joe "Lightning" Little (David Oyelowo), Martin "Easy" Julian (Nate Parker), Ray "Ray Gun" or "Junior" Gannon (Tristan Wilds), and Samuel "Joker" George (Elijah Kelley) under the guidance of Major Emanuel Stance (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and Col. A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard), face a military bureaucracy still resistant to accepting black flyers as equals. [Wikipedia]

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Review by KnightlySamurai (avatar by angel-bunny94)

Red Tails was a decent movie in my opinion, no matter what all the other people say about it. The CGI wasn't that good, the acting was pretty bad in a few places, and the character development on-screen was barely present....but it was still somewhat decent for a historical WWII dogfight movie (there really aren't that many in the film genre). It was similar to Midway in a way, but shorter and with less blood and swearing, which I was grateful for, but they really could have done a lot more to the plot.
The best parts are obviously the actual dogfights, but the even they lacked realism (only a few of the pilots didn't act like they were in a fake plane). The white vs. black theme isn't played too roughly, as I've seen worse, but you do feel for them.
I don't have all that much else to say as I watched this film after midnight (lol), but I thought this movie decent and watchable.

What's it Rated: PG-13 for violence, a tad bit of blood, and mild language.
What do I rate it: 5 1/2 out of 10 (which would rate as "Decent" perhaps on This rating list) 
Is it worth watching: I'd say yes if you really like the type of movie, as I didn't find anything specifically wrong with it. There are worse films. XD


  1. Hmm, I never even heard of this movie. I might just check it out. :)

  2. I think I might rent this some time. Great review. I am glad you are back. :)


  3. Great review :) I really want to see this movie :)

  4. I agree, if you like war movies you will love this movie.


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