Movie Review: Red Tails
Starring: Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nate Parker , David Oyelowo, Ne-Yo, and Method Man - Directed by: Anthony Hemingway
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The TRUE story of the Tuskegee Airmen comes to the big screen in this real life history adventure from executive producer George Lucas and first-time feature director Anthony Hemingway. The story begins in the middle of World War II; the U.S. military recruits a fearless group of Black fighter pilots to help reclaim the skies over Europe. Discriminated against both as citizens and as soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen take flight in planes distinguished by distinctive red tails, and fight to defeat the Germans. As a result of their bravery, the pilots emerge as true heroes, and prove that all men are should be created equal.
Red Tails delves into the feelings and emotions of Black Men that are trying to do something good for better of their country with the understanding that they would have to continue to fight not only for freedom of the world, but for their freedom, with them living in country that was supposed to be for ALL men. Red Tails demonstrates that Black Men can be leaders, loyal, caring, and emotional. There are stories within stories that are intertwined together in this wonderfully produced and directed movie.
More importantly, Red Tails is a movie that EVERYONE needs to see, because it is part of the social make-up of the United States. The Tuskegee Airmen played an integral role in the victory of World War II and to deny that and not recognize the contributions in America from Blacks is just sad. Yet, the movie does not come without controversy.
Cuba Gooding Jr. on promoting the movie when in D.C. stated, “If we (African-Americans) do not support this movie, Hollywood will turn around and say, well why we should invest our money when people will not come out.” Terrence Howard added, “It doesn’t matter who tells the story as long as the story is accurate and it depicts us in a way that the world has not seen Black America before. By supporting this movie, we are telling Hollywood that Black Actors, Directors, Producers, and all people of color are viable.”
For those who do not know, George Lucas (Star Wars) put up his OWN money, close to $98 million dollars for producing and marketing because Hollywood wanted NO PART of this film. Even certain movie critics (White) commented that although it would be good, that they were not going to write a review on the film because their readers would not be interested. Add to all this, Hollywood was upset that there was NO MAJOR ROLE for WHITES. The NEGATIVE about Blacks in America is something that has to be changed. Blacks, particularly Black Men, are more than a Hip-Hop- Hoops shooting- Football catching-always joking people! The movie Red Tails shows African-American males in a more positive light than ever before.
Do yourself a favor, take the time, bring a friend, and see what you may not have known, been taught, or misunderstood about the struggle, the fight, the courage, of Black Men, the Tuskegee Airman, who truly set the standard and helped free a country! Red Tails open nationwide; check your local movie theater for show times.
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