Red Tails (2012)


“When you get upset, when you get mad, you turn red, right? When you get envious, or sick, you turn green. When you become cowardly, you turn yellow; and ya’ll got the nerve to call us colored?” – Andrew ‘Smokey’ Salem

Number of Times Seen – Twice (3 May 2012 and 11 Feb 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Story of how the Tuskegee Airmen during Wold War II did all they could to show their patriotism despite the fact that both the government and their fellow soldiers thought so little of their fighting abilities.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I recall first watching after seeing an interview with George Lucas where he described his experience in making this movie.

I really enjoyed it the first time and enjoyed it even more this time around.

The film is able to take a seemingly typical war story film and blend together numerous other genre’s into the story which enhances things so much.

The story has lots of drama, action, romance and racial tension and is able to keep things interesting the whole way through.

They are able to make the viewer understand the kind of issues that these men needed to face on a daily basis while trying to show that they are equal to, if not better than the other squadrons of pilots fighting for freedom and patriotism.

The racial slurs and fights they endured were quite problematic, but they were able to show their talent for doing their duty no matter the situation.

The cast is great and David Oyelowo and Nate Turner stand out among them all.

They along with the rest of the cast help make this story feel even more realistic because we can believe that there were men like these who fought and died for their country despite the way that they were treated.

The characters are all developed really well and I’m so glad that they didn’t just try and make them all stereotypes which would have been quite easy to do.

The film’s action scenes are breathtaking and that has a lot to do with the fact that Lucas had a hand in making this.

The special effects enhance the battle scenes so much.

Numerous shots are quite reminiscent of comparable battle shots from the Star Wars films, yet this movie in no way seems unoriginal in all that it does.

Bottom Line – Great film that is able to blend action, drama, romance and racial tension altogether. The movie does a stellar job showing the way that these men were treated and how at the same time, they wanted to do all they could to prove that they weren’t any different from any other fighting unit. The cast is chosen really well and help make this story feel even more plausible largely due to the way that they develop each of them differently without turning things into stereotypes. The action scenes are enhanced by the special effects and this helps make things come across as being so realistic throughout. Once one knows that Lucas was behind making this, it’s so easy to be able to see the various comparisons between this film and the battle scenes depicted in the Star Wars trilogy. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – George Lucas began developing Red Tails around 1988 but was unable to secure funding from any major studio, as any he approached believed that producing a film featuring an all black cast would be unmarketable. As a result, Lucas ended up funding the project with his own money, investing $58 million into the production of the film, and a further $35 million towards marketing. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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