High-Octane Action and Daring Dogfights!
The story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II.
The story of the Tuskegee airmen, a crew of African American pilots during World War II, deserved to be told but I question whether George Lucas was the man to bring this tale of heroism and discrimination to the screen. Although Anthony Hemingway is the director of Red Tails, the influence of Lucas’ groping mitts is evident in every single frame. It is earnest to a fault, cheesy as hell and laden with enough unconvincing CGI to make it look just as far fetched as the Star Wars saga.
In some ways its old fashioned Boys Own Adventure tone is refreshing but some semblance of subtlety wouldn’t have gone amiss. It attempts to capture the spirit of the war movies…
At the beginning of the George Lucas produced Red Tails, an on screen title appears telling you this film is based on true events, and it's a good thing too, since Red Tails is so far removed from reality that you'd never come to such a conclusion otherwise. The locations look fake. The acting seems forced. And the love-story subplot is completely implausible. In fact, the only semi-believable part of the film is its CGI. What’s even worse, despite zero attempt at capturing the actual historical context of the Tuskegee training group, an underestimated battalion of black fighter pilots during WWII, the film still pretends to deal with issues contemporary to its setting, like racism, heroism and Nazism. If you’ve…
How can anyone make a film about the Tuskegee Airmen, one of the most interesting stories in American history, and make it boring, cheap looking, and cheesy (among many other problems)?
Oh yeah, George Lucas was involved...
It's one thing to fuck up Star Wars but why does that cunt have to ruin this?
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…
George Lucas’s last blockbuster production before he finally decided to dedicate 100% of his time to his true destiny: forever re-releasing Star Wars movies. That’s what this recent article told me, although to be fair, it was all in between the lines. (It’s also confusing how they talk about the movies Lucas “made” meaning produced, not directed.)
Given the special effects were done by Industrial Light & Magic, the fact that the dogfights look spectacular goes without saying. It needs to be said anyway. The visuals are breathtaking, the big screen really feels big, and the action sequences are riveting.
And yes, it’s just an action movie. It has none of the appropriate respect to the horrors of that most terrifying…
A movie made with good intentions, a clunky script and a dispiriting lack of directorial grace, Red Tails barely makes it back to the runway intact. It's the kind of movie you want to like – a racially charged underdog story, about the African American squadron of fighter pilots known as the Tuskagee Airmen and, more informally, as the Red Tails.
Unfortunately, director Anthony Hemingway, helming his first feature film here, seems to have relied heavily on consistently uninspired directorial cues from producer George Lucas, because all of the unfortunate hallmarks of the bearded one's inept style of actor direction are in full view here. Only whenever the movie segues into one of its handful of dogfighting sequences does it…
The Real true story of the Tuskegee Airman who defied racism to become high flying heroes during World War II deserves a much better movie than this dull uninspired by the numbers attempt.
Der Film ist mir ein bisschen zu schematisiert. D.h. unsere schwarzen Lieblingspiloten brechen zu einer Mission auf, dann passiert immer bisschen was und dann wird wieder in der Homebase (in Italy) zum saufen zurückgekehrt. Das passiert 2 Stunden lang.
Irgendwie romantisiert er mir den 2. Weltkrieg zu sehr und ich konnte jetzt nicht rauserkennen, ob der Film das nun ernst meint, oder eine Persiflage auf dunkelhäutige Piloten ist, die gegen die Nazis richtig auf den Putz gehaut haben.
Was schade ist, weil der Film doch etwas Potenzial, was durchaus vorhanden war, vergeben hat.
Red Tails is mean't to be about the difficulty with being a black man fighting during WW2. Instead, the film shies away from controversial matters and falls back to the usual film stereotypes of a character who drinks too much, an inexperienced rookie and a ballsy young hot shot. It has an oddly mis-judged soundtrack and never manages to ever feel like you are in the 1940's. To cap it off, there is one of the single worst line deliveries in recent memory. It's up on Netflix for an easy watch, but Red Tails is not very good.
one of the only times i've felt justified rating a film I couldn't finish watching
If you can get by the often cringe-worthy dialogue and excessive run time due to a few unnecessary side-plots you can enjoy a movie with some great looking dogfights.
Alright, George Lucas is old. So what?
This movie is so damn nostalgic you may want to sit down with a bourbon and a big fat cigar to watch it.
This is a war movie in which you can feel that love was put in every detail. It is storytelling without tricks that doesn’t need a fancy fantasy world to draw the attention. In fact, you can tell it doesn’t need this attention at all to be beautiful. And this is not why you should watch it but it is the reason for that you know why you watched it when you did.
Toinen maailmansota. Isosti dissatut nigga-lentäjät antaa natsi-sakuille pataan.
Överiksi vedettyä patriotismia ”jenkit on parhaita, saksalaiset urpoja” -asenteella.
Un completo desastre. Una película digna de pasarse en el canal Hallmark con un guión muy cobarde, secuencias de acción que si bien son espectaculares, no aportan mucho a la trama, actuaciones situaciones inverosímiles, no hay clímax, no hay drama, etc. 'Red Tails' es la primer gran decepción del año, aún con un director (Anthony Hemingway) que viene del mundo de la TV y dirigiendo episodios en series de prestigio, en 'Red Tails' se estanca completamente, tanto así que hasta el mismo George Lucas tuvo que re-dirigir algunas escenas, imagino fueron, las secuencias de combate.
Se desperdicia completamente a Bryan Cranston y medio se lucen Terrence Howard y Cuba Gooding Jr. Lo único disfrutable de la película son los guiños a 'Star Wars', pero aún con ese detalle, la película jamás despega.
The only decent thing in Red Tails is when they're all up in the sky flying and fighting with German pilots. Everything else is dull, boring, cheesy and cliched.