Are you ready for a little action with your history?
Set in 1944 and inspired by the true story, Nate Parker, Cuba Gooding,
Jr., Terrence Howard, Method Man, Tristan Wilds, Ne-Yo, David Oyelowo
and more star as members of the Tuskegee Airmen - a collection of
African-American pilots valiantly determined to dispel the racist
notions that they are inferior in any way. Finally, they get their
chance as the Air Force rethinks its strategy to better protect the
massive bombers flying over Europe and key to winning the war
Will the Tuskegee Airmen be able to help win the war?
Spoiler Alert - We are not speaking German, so I think you know how the
war went for us.
is much more than a historical story, even though that history still is
Director Anthony Hemingway fills Red
Tails with some exciting action
as the pilots engage in daring dog fights and aerial maneuvers. Plus,
this is one of the finest acting ensembles put together for any movie.
The personal relationships between the characters and the struggles
they face become more real because of it.
Specifically, look for Oyelowo and Parker. As two best buddies looking
out for each other, but, also, willing to be brutally honest when the
other needs it, you get to see a great friendship full of caring and
concern. Oyelowo exhibits the confidence and cockiness you know a great
pilot needs to do the unthinkable, while Parker brings a steady, even
keel to help show the leadership and guidance his character must
provide for everyone's safety.
Sadly, writers John Ridley and Aaron McGruder provide some of the
worst, most amateurish, phony dialogue you have ever heard in a big
time Hollywood movie. While it is fun to see Red Tails is a
throwback to the World War II movies of that era, the dialogue doesn't
need to be this simplistic and obvious.
However, the rest of the movie works. Produced by George Lucas, I do
wish he made Jar Jar Binks a German pilot who got shot down out of the
sky, but maybe he will insert that into the Red Tails DVD
Tails is rated PG-13 for some sequences of war violence.