Watched Jun 14, 2012
This has to be one of the funniest films I've seen all year along with The Darkest Hour. It's Hot Shots meets Churchill The Hollywood Years. In fact there's no way to parody Red Tails as it does the job itself.
Starting out with the hilarious 80s score and opening credit sequence, the laughs come hard and fast as soon as Ne-Yo's name pops up (doing his best J.W. Pepper impersonation), also starring such respected thespians as Dixon from 90210 and Moesha's little brother. One plane is even painted using the Comic Sans font! We were crying with laugher in the cinema at several points.
The speech dubbing is all over the place - at one point a character is tinkering on an engine using it as a drum and none of the beats were in sync with what was on screen.
Cuba Gooding Jr. does nothing more than pensively look into the distance with a pipe in his mouth, using his best John Travolta voice. I was half expecting some Wayans brothers to jump into shot and gurn at the camera.
All this as well as the most predictable plots for the characters - I won't forget googly eyed Black Jesus for a long time - and dialogue on par with Jake Lloyd shouting "Yippeeee" throughout The Phantom Menace. In fact at one point some of it completely mirrored South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. George Lucas is truly stuck in 1985. Not necessarily a bad thing as Red Tails is definitely funnier than some comedies I've seen in recent years.