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About the Movie
Academy Award® Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Academy Award® Nominee Terrence Howard lead a powerful ensemble cast in this high-flying epic inspired by the real-life adventures of the first African-American combat unit to serve in World War II. Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky...even as they battle discrimination on the ground. Featuring jaw-dropping aerial action and thrilling special effects, Red Tails is a breathtaking tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 132
- Fresh: 53
- Rotten: 79
- Average Rating: 5.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: It's only half of a good movie. As soon as those dogfighting planes land, the story trips up by skimming the surface of history.
Rotten: The Tuskegee Airmen, the trailblazing African American pilots who fought off segregation and Nazis during World War II, merit a great film. "Red Tails" isn't it.
Fresh: An inspiring, rousing tribute to the heroic, history-changing Tuskegee Airmen and World War II movies of the '40s, "Red Tails'' would probably be acclaimed as a minor masterpiece if it was directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Rotten: The African American fliers' great achievement merits a great movie. "Red Tails" isn't it.
EH, IT COULD'VE BEEN BETTER.
Don't get me wrong, "Red Tails" isn't a terrible movie, not at all. Of course, George Lucas obviously had good intentions when he produced the film, and the tale of the Tuskegee Airmen is one that's certainly worth telling. I just felt that the way it was told was weak, predictable and clichéd to the point of monotony. The characters are one-dimensional and have mostly generic personalities, the dialogue is extremely corny and there's even an unnecessary love story thrown into the script involving one of the Airmen that results in an easily foreseeable outcome. But aside from all those issues, there are a lot of good things to say about the movie as well. The action-packed dogfight plane sequences are impressively crafted and viscerally appealing. In fact, the same can also be said about the incredible special effects and Terence Blanchard's magnetic score. And although Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard do the very best with the roles they're given, their performances alone aren't enough to save this film from mediocrity. As an action flick, it holds up surprisingly well. But as a historical illustration of the Tuskegee training program, that really all depends on how you look at it. Sure, you can give the story its well-deserved credit for sticking to the basic facts of the World War II fighter pilots, but it's told in such an exhausted, routine way that it leaves little room for originality or artistic integrity. I don't know, maybe I'm just nitpicking too much, but that's just my opinion. Overall, "Red Tails" is simply a decent action movie with some great visuals and an inspirational, albeit predictable storyline. It may not be the most memorable or well-made WWII film out there, but it's still at least worth a rent.
I saw advertisements for this film on the internet; however, I did not think much of it. When I heard about George Lucas, the great director of the Star Wars saga retiring, I immediately told myself that I had to go and see the film to honor the man one last time.
This movie was great in terms of the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, and had great stories. Each member of the Negro squadron had great personalities and separate stories to be told. The ending was extremely well done with the death of Lightning.
The dogfight sequences were great, reminding me of the Trench Run from Star Wars Episode 4 A New Hope. According to the notorious GL (George Lucas), a lot of his dogfights from Star Wars were based on the World War II fighter battles.
The score was fantastic and gripped me at every moment, especially at the beginning of the movie, when the US bombers were being shot out of the sky like sitting ducks.
Overall, I must praise George Lucas for his work on the film. He gave it everything he has and is an exceptional movie to end his role in making blockbuster films.
A verry good move