Movie critics be damned, this is a great movie
I don’t normally review movies here at I4U, but today I thought I would write a bit about a film that I took my son to see that I think is getting a very bad wrap in the professional movie critic scene. The movie is Red Tails, the epic George Lucas action drama that centers on the African-American pilots of WWII that came out of the Tuskegee program.
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This isn't my first experience with the Tuskegee program; I very much like the flick called the Tuskegee Airmen and have always had a fondness for military aviation in the WWII era. My son and I went to the theater to watch the flick over the weekend. All he needed to hear was that the Star Wars guy made the movie and one look at the trailer showing the exciting air combat and he was ready to go.
The film jumps right into the action off the bat and stays fast paced through the bulk of the film. There is some drama on the ground with one of the main characters played by David Oyelowo called Joe "Lightning" Little finds an Italian woman he falls in love with, but most of the action is in the air. I liked that the film footage the pilots watch in some scenes of the movie appear to be actual gun camera footage from the WWII era.
The aircraft in the movie are CG created rather than real aircraft. When the fighting is taking place in the air, the aircraft look very realistic but in a couple of the ground scenes, it was obvious that the planes were computer generated. I don’t want to give the film away, but much of the movie centers on the early efforts of the African-American pilots and the racism they encountered from the white military officers that hand out missions.
While the white pilots were fighting on the front lines and going up against German fighters, the African-American pilots were far behind the enemy lines in old and ragged aircraft that were hand me downs to attack ground targets. As the movie progresses with bomber losses mounting mostly due to the P-51 fighter escorts peeling off to attack fighters in the area, the Red Tail squadron gets the call to protect the bombers. Part of the deal is that the Red Tails get new P-51 fighters as well.
The Red Tails go on in the film to overcome the racism that white officers in the military had against the African-American pilots as the Red Tails start to be known for saving the lives of the white bomber pilots things improve and the racism eases up.
Most critics are rating the film very low because it isn't accurate historically. I think if the critics want history they need to watch the history channel. This film has a clear message that no matter the color a person has the right to live as an equal and fight to defend their home. It delivers that message clearly and is a huge amount of fun at the same time. If you are a fan of movies with a message and action along with aircraft, I think you will enjoy this film immensely.
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My son and I did and he already wants to go see it again. The movie had him asking a million questions about why people were so mean to the African-American pilots, what the aircraft were like, and why we fought WWII. If you are a history buff, you need to suspend your educated mind and enjoy the film for what it is, and that is a hugely entertaining picture. I highly recommend seeing Red Tails.