Posted by: ckckred | February 5, 2012

Red Tails: A Likable Film

I haven’t read many positive reviews on Red Tails, but I enjoyed the movie.  The film reminded me of Glory, the film about the first African-American regiment which fought in the Civil War.

Glory is a better film than Red Tails, but has many of the same qualities.  Like Glory, Red Tails deals with discrimination and segregation in the army.  Throughout the beginning of the film, the characters deal with the fact they haven’t been assigned a single mission, just patrols of areas with no real enemy.

George Lucas, who executive produced the film, told Jon Stewart that studios were unwilling to make a movie with an all-black cast.  Lucas paid for the effects in the movie from his own pocketbook.  This makes sense, because the planes reminded me of the star-fighters from Star Wars.

The film revolves around the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American fighter pilots.  The characters include Colonel A. J. Bullard (Terrance Howard), who leads the fighters and often drinks, Joe Little (David Oyelowo), a good pilot who has eyes for an Italian woman Sofia (Daniela Ruah), and Major Stance (Cuba Gooding Jr.), who tries to help the pilots into battle by convincing Major Mortamus (Breaking Bad‘s fantastic Bryan Cranston) to put the fighters on deck.

Eventually the Tuskegee Airmen are put on to flight against the Nazis, and are known as the “Red Tails” for the red paint on the tails of their planes.  They gain the respect of the other pilots, and become well-known in the air-force.

Red Tails is not a fantastic movie, but it sure is enjoyable.  The dialogue is kind of cheesy sometimes (most notably with the bombers and the German fighters), but the directing, coming from Anthony Hemingway, who worked on The Wire and Treme, two fantastic and greatly underrated shows about race, is good.  Anyway, I say it’s worth a watch.


  1. Was debating seeing this, but was reminded of the film Flyboys? (which I don’t dislike) Would you say it is better?

    • It’s probably on the same level as Flyboys in my opinion.

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